Now that the lawsuit that approved AT&T-Time Warner merger is done, AT&T is now a content provider AND delivery service! Neat-o, huh?
Comcast has just made a bid for the assets of 21st Century Fox, which gives them also a vertical integration between content and delivery! Hooray!
So what’s the issue, you ask? Oh, nothing, except now the telecoms who have just been given permission by Ajit Pai to throttle delivery now also own the content, that’s all. So if you are a Comcast user, good luck getting CNN/ESPN, etc., to come through the pipe at anything like the speed you’ve grown accustomed to, and if you are an Verizon/AT&T user, well, NBC might not be available to you, and anything that was on Fox network (not Fox News which crazy Unkka Rupie decided to keep) is out of your reach or could also be throttled.
Oh, and because these “services” are pretty much monopolies in the areas they serve, whatever you get you’re stuck with. It’s not possible here in Seattle to say to hell with Comcast. They got no competition.
Also/too weirdly enough, NetFlix and Google/YouTube are screwed because they are now major content owners without a telecom. Good luck renewing those contracts, boys. You’re about to get throttled. Google better get serious about that optic wire service they were starting a decade or so ago.
Ajit Pai just earned hisself—with the roll-back of Net Neutrality—the primo parking space that comes with being the Verizon/AT&T Employee of the Month. So congrats to Ajit Pai: you killed the internet.
UPDATE 1: said much more concisely –
Comcast wants to acquire 21st Century Fox a day after AT&T got the go-ahead to acquire Time Warner. All this after Net Neutrality got axed. Having corporations who provide our internet also control its content really sets the stage for some chilling restrictions on free speech.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 13, 2018