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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Internet
July 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Time Warner-Comcast merger: What competition?

The chairman and chief executive of Comcast, Brian Roberts, is looking to fortify his company for an increasingly competitive era [“CEO bulks up Comcast for the future,” Business / Technology, July 6]. I ask skeptically, “What competition?” I have little choice in the telecommunications, cable, Internet marketplace. DirecTV is hardly a good alternative. Both…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Cable, Carla Barnes, Comcast

May 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Net neutrality: A market-driven idea to give discounts to users

Columnist Brier Dudley wrote that continuing with Internet neutrality is like taking general traffic lanes away for buses, making traffic worse for everyone ["Net neutrality more myth than reality?" Business/Technology, May 19]. In the Internet world, his analogy goes, the traffic comes chiefly from the demand for high-quality video delivered over the Internet. This…

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May 22, 2014 at 7:28 AM

What would a future without net neutrality look like?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed new rules for the Internet that would create “fast lanes” for certain content providers — which could allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies and websites for faster delivery of their content to consumers. The Internet, as consumers know it, could change drastically.

The Seattle Times opinion pages asked readers to imagine a future Internet with toll booths and fast lanes for content providers. Below are several responses:

Fast lanes would limit competition

Net neutrality is a major issue that should be given serious attention. Internet speeds must remain uniform for all users. Anything else would be noncompetitive and unfair. Based on The Seattle Times’ editorial, I have submitted the following to the Federal Communications Commission:

“I believe and urge that the FCC maintain a neutral Internet whereby all Internet traffic travels at the same, highest possible, speed. It seems patently unfair to

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: fast lanes, Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality

April 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Open Internet: Access to the Internet isn’t free

The Seattle Times recent editorial “Don’t create toll booths on the Internet” [Opinion, April 27] seems to need a little more thinking. When you haveone company utilizing 30 percent or more of the available bandwidth for delivery, any Internet service provider (ISP) is going to find ways to offset the capital cost of provisioning services to…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: FCC, Internet, ISPs

April 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Comcast-Time Warner: Content and device providers hold the cards

The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner highlights the vast gap between the world the broadband industry’s critics imagine and the real world in which these companies compete [“Comcast-Time Warner merger would be a calamity,” Editorials, Feb. 18]. Device, app and content companies are capturing most of the benefits created by Internet service…

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Comments | More in Internet, Media | Topics: Apple, Comcast, Google

March 5, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Net neutrality: Reclassify ISPs as Common Carriers

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…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Federal Communications Commission, Internet Service Providers, net neutrality

February 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Comcast-Time Warner: Break the monopoly and provide cheaper, faster service

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…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Cable, Comcast, Google

February 10, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Seattle must fix rules impeding next-generation broadband

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….

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: CenturyLink, Internet, Mayor Ed Murray

February 7, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Broadband: Pursue what’s best for the city; charge providers

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.

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Beverly Marcus, Comcast, Internet

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