Ted Hope Blasts FCC Proposal to End Net Neutrality

Ted Hope
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'It's the opposite of the promise of America'

Indie producer Ted Hope has joined the chorus of critics expressing concerns over a new proposal that would allow content providers to pay for faster Internet delivery.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler caused a stir on Thursday when he said he intends to circulate a set of rules that could end net neutrality.

Under the new plan, companies would be allowed to negotiate with broadband providers for faster online delivery of videos and other content.

“I don’t think it’s a good thing for consumers, for the content creators, for anyone who doesn’t have a huge stack of cash to pay for priority basis,” said Hope, the CEO of Fandor, a San Francisco-based online platform for independent films. “I think it’s the opposite of the promise of the Internet. I think it’s the opposite of the promise of America.”

The proposal will come to a vote with the FCC on May 15.

“I’m not in favor of paying a fast-track access,” Hope said. “The Internet is a communication platform. It should be treated the same way as telephoning.”

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  1. Street Films says:

    Of course Ted is right. But, technology always seems to languish behind where it should be no matter what. For example, it’s still quite a pain to look through cable channels for a good movie. There should be an option to plug in a keyboard to do a fast search or better grids to scan more titles at once directly.

    Internet film viewing has a lot to be desired as well, regardless of net neutrality. Streaming is a piss poor technology. It makes so much more sense to download and watch locally. Internet movie sites should move to download options instead of streaming. This would give them the advantage over a two tier system. In terms of rentals, an expiration feature of downloaded content would disable it at the end of the rental time. We need to look at ways to use technology to thwart the corporate power-greed.

  2. The FCC says they won’t let the Internet get any worse, but they are already letting it be worse than it ever was supposed to be. “Slippery slope” is the term.

    The old gate-keepers are seizing power again, coercing our government so they can overcome the digital disruption that had allowed for democracy of expression and distribution. This slippery slope foisted by the FCC will continue to cause the Internet to deteriorate as a medium of democracy.

    We need to find those Senators and Congresspeople who do not fight against freedom of expression, who do not support suppression, who do not believe corporate conglomerates are the real Americans, and compel those Senators and Congresspeople to classify the Internet as a “common carrier. ”

    The Internet needs to be blind to the traffic it carries, free of prejudice that favors the corporate conglomerates that exploit the pathways we the people granted them decades ago via monopolies to build pipelines into our homes. The phone companies and the cable companies wanted “government interference” when it meant government-protected monopolies so they could build their infrastructure, but now they take it back and holler that all “government interference” is bad.

    They are wrong.

    They are trying to homogenize and restrict the Internet, profiteering at the expense of the American citizen–all American citizens, of any voice, creed, and status, especially those who do not fit into the culture ordained by the corporate conglomerates.

    A good place to start is Senator Al Franken.

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