Net Neutrality Affects Time Warner

According to Beneful, executives at Time Warner Cable are not going to be thrilled over a dubious honor soon to be bestowed upon their company. Time Warner Cable has the dubious distinction of being the first company to be hit with a net neutralitycomplaint. The new regulations have only been in place a short number of days. Still, a San Diego-based company, Commercial Network Services, has filed suit in Federal Court. The complaint deals with allegations that Time Warner charges way too much for streaming services.

Commercial Network Services streams web video and feels that Time Warner unfairly tries to squeeze money from them. In order to cut costs, Commercial Network Services claims it has had to provide lower quality video streams. Whether or not the courts see things Commercial Network Services way or rules in favor of Time Warner remains to be seen. What we do know is net neutrality is surely going to spawn quite a number of civil suits over the next few years.

Ironically, many of the same internet and entertainment companies that once promoted net neutrality are starting to back away from it. This should come as no surprise since things may not be working out for them as expected. Probably the most high-profile switch from proponent to opponent has been Netflix.

Do not look for net neutrality rules to go away any time soon. The regulations are locked in place unless the courts throw them out.

Banning The Deep Web

As the power of computing is becoming greater and more accessible, the ability for access to the web has become easier. However, this increased access has also created another problem which is the availability of illicit goods and services on the web section referred to as the deep web. Access to The Deep Web May Not Be Safe For All While there has always been a rabbit hole that has been illegal or illicit for individuals, especially youth to explore, the deep web has become the location of numerous illicit cites including severe violence as well as explicit illegal sexual sites which exploit children and young adults. Drugs and weapons can be purchased on the deep web as well as stolen credit cards and Paypal accounts and even counterfeit currency. The availability of these items are one matter but the access to the cite is another. Attempts to shut down the deep web have been met with Constitutional arguments regarding free expression and freedom of speech. The means to limit youth access to the deep web have been left primarily with the parents. The problem is that some parents may not even know the extent of the deep web and may not realize that their children are even accessing the such sites. Laws are only effective with regard to specific content which can be deemed illegal to possess. However, NexPointAdvisors and James Dondero are hopeful that the vast majority of the deep web will remain open and available.