first_imgNews Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News to go further Help by sharing this information December 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 FCC adopts ineffective rules on Net Neutrality United StatesAmericas News Organisation United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a government agency with independent status, voted to adopt an ineffective set of Net Neutrality rules yesterday after more than a year of negotiations with the various parties concerned. The five-member commission’s two Democrats voted with its chairman, Julius Genachowski, in favour of the new rules, while its two Republicans voted against, arguing that only Congress should be able to determine whether and how the Internet is regulated.Genachowski insisted that the new rules defended two essential principles: transparent management of the Internet by Internet Service Providers and a ban on any discrimination in the transmission of content. “Consumers and innovators have a right to send and receive lawful Internet traffic , to go where they want and say what they want online, and to use the devices of their choice,” he said.But the ban on discrimination is limited to content deemed to be “lawful,” leaving the door open to the filtering of “unlawful” websites and the blocking of peer-to-peer transmission. ISPs also continue to able to reach deals with commercial content providers that allow them to deliver their content faster, as Verizon and Google have done (http://en.rsf.org/online-discrimination-in-the-06-08-2010,38103.html).The new rules could also mean the end of unlimited Internet access for the American public and its replacement by payment based on consumption. The FCC is encouraging ISPs to charge according to usage. This would mean, for example, that someone who spends a great deal of time playing online video games, thereby consuming a lot of bandwidth, would pay more than someone who just uses the Internet for email.Genachowski does not see this as undermining the principle of Net Neutrality. President Barack Obama also welcomed the new rules. “Today’s decision will help preserve the free and open nature of the Internet while encouraging innovation, protecting consumer choice, and defending free speech,” Obama said.But Free Press, a non-profit group that defends Net Neutrality, said it was disappointed. “After a year of promises to champion real Net Neutrality, this chairman just pushed through a rule that heavily favours the industry his agency is supposed to regulate, leaving Internet users with minimal protections,” it said.Free Press also criticized the FCC’s decision to apply few of the rules to wireless Internet providers, which have begun to clog the Internet since the development of smartphones. “This proceeding was a squandered opportunity to enact clear, meaningful rules to safeguard the Internet’s level playing field and protect consumers,” Free Press added.Acceptance of the FCC’s rules by the Internet industry is also in doubt. If the big Internet companies are not satisfied, they could file lawsuits challenging the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband Internet and some politicians would back them. June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United States RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgThe college football gods flipped the script on Saturday night and the USC football team escaped with an improbable 28-26 road win over No. 10 Arizona. Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen laid the groundwork for a potential Heisman Trophy campaign, but, in what looks to be a developing pattern for the Trojans (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12), the final score was not decided until the game’s last play. Read the full recap here.Photos by Tucker McWhirter.last_img

first_imgSources tell us Charter gets by with continuing to write off these annual financial losses on its balance sheets through some terrific tax laws in place. The Dodgers not only go full spigot in this revenue stream, but whatever ways they’ve manipulated attendance figures and ticket income make it look as if they’ve created a situation where coming out to the ballpark is a special, added value, like having to pay for another live performance of “Hamilton.”And the third part of this – no cooperation from AT&T’s DirecTV – holds fast as well. The math bears it out. In what they call an “enterprise evaluation,” DirecTV would have had to lose about 20,000 subscribers over this situation before it even considered adding SportsNet LA to its menu, the $5 per subscriber price tag as the basis for computation. They’re barely a fourth of the way to that threshold. Never mind that the asinine TV commercials continue with a group of actors dressed as monsters propping up the simplistic message: “Satellite TV Bad. Spectrum Good.”Five years in, we seem to giving life to the metaphor of the boiling frog – the Dodgers and Spectrum have managed to kill us through a progressively low source of heat. They’ve taken the hopping anger out of most of us.Even so, the narrative feels as if it’s about to pivot to a much longer-term and darker reality for all who stand to prosper.THE ADJUSTMENT PERIOD More than half, and as much as 70 percent, of Southern Californian homes can’t access SportsNet LA, according to the generally accepted rhetoric. The hairs are split over whether or not those who have a choice to drop DirecTV and get Spectrum aren’t doing so because of the perceived inconvenience it may cause them.Whatever the number, the reality is that those slotted as Seniors and Baby Boomers still face the most anxiety over all this. Pair that up with the fact that the average age of a TV baseball viewer skews into the upper 50-year-old range.In an enlightening new book by Susan Jacoby called “Why Baseball Matters” (Yale University Books), the author wonders why the graying of the fan base is something those who run the game “refuse to talk about on the record.” Instead, they fidget spin their way around pitch clocks and counting trips to the mound as a way to tighten up the length of the games because they figure that’s what younger viewers may want.Our digital-age natives, ranging from newborns to those in the mid-30s, have conflicted motivation to invest time in watching a full game play out on TV.“Any baseball game is a process, not a series of disjointed, disconnected events,” Jacoby writes. “The digital world is not about process but about instant delivery of results, so it is logical that younger viewers find it more difficult to focus on baseball.”Those among the emerging Generation Cord Cutters are also more likely to resourcefully circumvent traditional means of obtaining a SportsNet LA service. You may know your cable bill includes a sneaky “sports surcharge” now up to $11.55 that tries to offset the increasing costs of channels weighted down by absorbing sports rights fees. They likely have never even seen a cable bill.Hardwired into manipulating delivery through an Xbox or Slingbox, seeking out a Facebook friend with a bootleg feed, or working around the MLB.tv servers with fake IDs, this demographic not-on-deck any more doesn’t bother with “demanding their providers know” they can’t otherwise get SNLA. They figure it out in other ways, then give the blueprint to the generation coming after them. Or, unable to endure the length of a game no matter how it’s unrestricted, they have passed on the secret of just tuning into the MLB Network each night to get a few live cut-ins from Dodger Stadium. They can then DVR the extended highlight packages during “Quick Pitch” programming to skim through it the next morning.All that said, these savvy media consumers of the Dodgers aren’t beholden to the other traditional platform – the radio. If they weren’t compelled to catch the last three years of Vin Scully’s three-inning simulcast, they have even less incentive for them to endure someone like Charley Steiner chortling on and on about how games are just too long these days. It only does a disservice to the listeners just trying to find a happy medium.THE SILENT MINORITYMore bothersome to us since the SNLA launch in 2013 is how the stalemate leaves out those who are living on the edges financially.Decades ago, the Dodgers’ TV coverage was limited to a KTTV-Channel 11 road Sunday game as well as all the contests played in San Francisco. It was reasonably proportional to how much national baseball was also available at the time.When regional sports nets exploded from the 1980s through 2010, the Dodgers still made sure there were at least a few dozen games set aside for over-the-air distribution, in addition to what cable offered. It was the beginning of the process of separating the haves from the have-nots.The Guggenheim group’s purchase of the Dodgers came with the expectation that launching their own media company and creating a team-owned channel would pave the road to the future with consumers’ sub fees. Chairman Mark Walters said at the time that SportsNet LA was a way to “provide substantial financial resources over the coming years.”In subsequent years of public shaming, private ambivalence and all other kinds of agitated media verbiage – including a U.S. Justice Department charge of collusion in late 2016 that was “settled” without any benefit to the consumer early in 2017 – the narrative never really included how to satisfy all those loyal Dodgers fans living in marginalized areas with roof-top antennas. The families that struggle each month to pay utility bills consider cable a luxury, but they keep the TV set with the rabbit ears to pick up whatever they can.So we circle back to that press release from February – five KTLA games, all in April, and probably nothing else unless you can pick up an ESPN, Fox Sports, FS1 or TBS feed somehow. A Facebook Watch deal has also been struck this year, 25 games that will be exclusive to the social media site and not available on traditional TV.The KTLA games aren’t because the Dodgers and Spectrum think this is a way to appease the masses or water down their own guilt. They have no other genuine answer to how to fix things. They’ll continue to assume the worse.ESPN has a national broadcast of the Dodgers-Giants season opener Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.) as well as the series ender Sunday evening (5 p.m.). In the course of the 162-game regular season, about 130-odd games will be just for SportsNet LA customers.For those who can access it. For those who know the drill.For those who still care. Year 5 of the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA Hostage Crisis is upon us. Continue to divest at your own risk.There is no news about additional distribution in the days before the 2018 MLB season is to begin. When the team and partner in crime Charter Communications released a statement a month ago about the latest feeble attempt to farm out five games in April to KTLA-Channel 5, it tried to bury the line about how “other distributors are not expected to carry SportsNet LA this season.”Both Spectrum, the Charter re-brand of the Time Warner original enabler, and the Dodgers, coming off a World Series appearance and winners of four straight NL West titles since the launch of the channel, would prefer you did not see either of them operating from a position of weakness at this stage of their 25-year, $8.3 billion agreement.In a bizarro way, both seem to be doing just fine with everything. MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== After all those years of pitching Farmer John products, Vin Scully seems to be relishing his new role as a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal in a new commercial spot. It opens with him finishing a conversation with the “commissioner” and exclaiming: “Hot dog! Opening Day is back! Go out and tell it to the world, guys!”== How much more a business man has former Laker Shaquille O’Neal become after his NBA playing days ended? How much of a force has Yorba Linda’s John Force become in the drag racing world? They are two of the four focus stories on the 252nd edition of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that debuts Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.WHAT CHOKES== Fox reports an average of 4.03 million viewers from last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana — well below the same race’s 5.19 million last year, 6.81 million two years ago and about half of the 8 million who watched in 2013. 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