Comcast and Verizon have successfully positioned this battle of the bits as one between corporations. This framing implies that Netflix is "pushing" content and, thus, should have to bear its costs. But that's not what's happening.
Potential future changes include a "Surprise Channel Package," in which customers' access to certain networks will change every hour on the hour, according to a computerized random number generator which will also change billing accounts and promotional prices.
Since March 2011, Bloomberg has been trying to hold the Comcast-NBCU media behemoth to the
promises it made, and agreed to, in order to complete the takeover that resulted in one of the biggest media companies in history.
The idea of big companies continuing to control their markets, and control the behavior of consumers, continues to march on. Even now, two major deals are proceeding apace, one in telecom and one in the entertainment world.
Following negative public reactions to the news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving her government job to lobby on behalf of the Comcast, Comcast isn't acting ashamed. It's acting mean.
The kind of structural corruption present in American politics and industry today is reminiscent of what one sees in modern communist China, or during the transition years away from communism in Eastern Europe.
The head of the company that makes more political contributions than any other has graced our capital with his presence. It's little wonder that people are so nauseated by business as usual in Washington.
I'm excited by the new venture: as long as HuffPost and AOL's shared vision imagines creative contrarian content, this site will flourish. But that will depend as much on the community as it does the leadership.