NBC: We Put the Cock in Peacock

After my internet connection going buggy on me earlier, I decided to visit DSLReports and check things out (a great site, by the way, for all kinds of troubleshooting and related things to your Internet connectivity, often loads better than your ISP support).  Browsing through their news headlines, which always pays a close eye on communications, I found a funny news item.  It has to do with NBC Universal recently issuing a letter to the FCC, not asking but demanding ISPs be forced to use filter-technology, in order to (supposedly) ease bandwidth and prevent copyright infringements through – you guessed it – the magic word, file-sharing. 

What is both hilarious and appalling is some of the arguments they make for doing this.  The best one has to be how it would benefit the US corn farmer, because they would sell more popcorn.  No, I’m not kidding.  According to the letter, “Movie theaters would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.” Yes, I’m sure that the average corn farmer is more concerned with the fractional amount popcorn that is made from their crops, compared to the ethonol industrial machine that consumes and ravages through corn crops.  Moving on, NBC also makes some enourmous leaps of illogic, such as the idea that web browsing and email are being “hindered” by the bandwidth eaten up by P2P.  But the real kicker, to me, was when they began to display “concern” over the loss of jobs in communications (which, of course, is because of file-sharing).  A pretty good criticism of the letter’s arguments is over at PublicKnowledge.  Meanwhile, tonight’s TV lineup on the networks include “Wife Swap,” “Supernanny,” and a rerun of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” while the writers strike goes on. 

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