bsharma writes: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices.
Launched a year ago in New York and then extended to 10 other U.S. cities, it allows customers to watch over-the-air TV programs on a smartphone, tablet, or computer for as little as $8 a month. Selections can be viewed live or recorded for later viewing.
That's why they ISP/Cable companies can only be either a wire company or a media company but not both. FCC needs to declare wire companies common carriers and let the media companies fight it out. What if 3 or 4 electric companies wanted to run wire in your town?
Cities and towns that create better internet infrastructure should rise as natural software company hubs. If they want the jobs offer utility like internet at a reasonable cost. Get rid of the media managed connection model and special individual company tax incentives in exchange for better connectivity.
I get where the money is, and I don't like the fact that my town has decided who I have to give it to. But, I don't mind having to pay for what I watch. I just don't want their box limiting my access and quality of picture. Break them up into a line company and a media company. Then call the wire guy a common carrier. I will pay them to keep service and the media as I want to consume it. Definitely, not on the side of the established provider today.
Cities that want to help business should embrace fiber and use their dollars to help build it out, instead trying to attract business via cheap loans or tax relief. Spend the tax dollars to improve everyone's life.