AT&T disconnects whole families from the internet because someone in their house is accused of copyright infringement
Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing:
The customers who are being disconnected have never been able to face their accusers or have a day in court. The people they live with are not accused of any wrongdoing. The internet they are losing is likely the only option they have for broadband — or one of two options, with the other one likely being a cable company like Comcast who may now join AT&T in a race to the bottom.
The internet is not a video-on-demand service, it’s the nervous system of the 21st century. Terminating someone from the internet terminates their access to family, education, employment, civic and political engagement, health care information, and virtually everything else we use to measure whether a society is functioning well for its citizens.
AT&T CEO Backs Black Lives Matter – Dan Jones, Light Reading
A rousing endorsement on a controversial issue. Makes me want to switch service to AT&T.
And Stephenson does a great job articulating something I’ve felt but have had difficulty putting in words: Why the response “all lives matter” stinks.
Microsoft Sees AT&T & IBM as Scary Lessons – Report [me – Light Reading]
Microsoft’s board members are worried that its traditional software business could “evaporate” in a few years, and chairman John Thompson wants the company to be more aggressive in its cloud shift, according to a Bloomberg report.
Netflix, a leading Net Neutrality advocate, says it’s been lowering video quality for some customers to protect them from overrunning data caps.
[Netflix Throttles Its Videos on AT&T, Verizon Networks / Ryan Knutson and Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal]
AT&T Working On In-Flight LTE.
So if you like thumbtyping your credit card number while crammed into a center seat, your fundays are numbered.