If you watch TV, listen to the radio, make phone calls or use a "communications service", prepare to get shafted--the new telecom bill has been introduced.
We can expect to see more in the next few days on whatever creeping horrors are contained in this 135 page behemoth, but for right now, here's a few goodies:
- No "net neutrality" provisions
- Outlawing of certain hardware that allows consumers to record content that they have paid for via the "broadcast flag" (This is also known as the MPAA/RIAA Wet Dream Provision)
- More funding for the Universal
- Restrictions on local governments who wish to develop a public broadband infrastructure (OK, this might be a good thing)
This will bear watching.