The Internet scarcely even existed 25 years ago, yet we all now depend on it [“FCC won’t appeal ruling on Internet neutrality,” Business / Technolgoy, Feb. 19]. What an amazing change in a single generation. And now, while our attention is being distracted by foolishness in Washington, D.C., the wide-open information on the Internet…More
The Times’ editorial, “Comcast-Time Warner merger would be a calamity” [Opinion, Feb. 18], rightly points out the unintended consequences of such a merger. Some additional perspectives: Comcast service is already ridiculously expensive at $114.95 per month (for their “best buy” most popular high-speed package). Consider that in Kansas City, Google provides 1 gigabit per…More
A recent guest column by the executive director of the cable industry’s Broadband Communications Association of Washington raises some vital points about Seattle’s Internet infrastructure [“Why Seattle does not need to build a broadband network,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. While the opinion was mainly accurate, not all neighborhoods in Seattle have good Internet service options….More
Pursue what’s best for the city, not Comcast
Thank you guest columnist Ron Main for explaining why I need Comcast to continue to provide me with slow, often unreliable Internet access at a very high cost [“Why Seattle does not need to build a broadband network,” Opinion, Feb. 5].
He justifies his argument against city involvement, in part, by claiming that 95 percent of city and state residents don’t avail themselves of Comcast’s “higher” speed offerings — so ergo, they don’t care about “fiber to home” access. He conveniently neglects to mention that Comcast charges high dollars for these increased speeds — a self-fulfilling prophecy if there ever was one.More
The Opinion pages on Sunday provided a great background on the raging battle over the future of access to information in the U.S.
Chuck Aaron’s piece [“The day we lost the Internet, Opinion, Feb. 1] outlined the current state of affairs and the dangers that lie ahead for affordable access to information for the public if the FCC rolls over on this.
Then we have Michael K. Powell’s explanation of how good we have it under the thumb of Comcast, Time Warner, et al. [“U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’, Northwest Voices, Feb. 2].
Ostensibly, the role of the various regulatory agencies — USDA, FDA, FCC, etc. — is to protect the interests of the commons, perhaps for the cause of a more perfect union.More
Your editorial on the recent net neutrality decision [“FCC must protect Internet users, net neutrality,” Opinion, Jan. 15] misses a few important points. First, by most measures, the U.S. is a world leader in broadband. We have the most affordable entry-level pricing; are one of only two countries with three competing broadband technologies; and…More
To test guest columnist Terry Thomas’ claims [“What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?” Opinion, Jan. 16] that the reviews are biased based on sponsorship, I did a quick search for businesses that were offering “Yelp Deals.” This is something the consumer must purchase through Yelp, and a…More
Terry Thomas’ guest column, “What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?” [Opinion, Jan. 16] and the letter from Nete Olsen, “I’ve also been extorted by the online reviews site” [Northwest Voices, Jan. 21] rehash a conspiracy theory that lacks evidence (see: Woozle effect) and has been debunked by an independent…More