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Arizona Bill Would Charge Porn Consumers $20 to Fund Trump’s Border Wall

According to the bill, called the “Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act,” all devices that access the internet sold in Arizona would be required to have porn blocker software pre-installed, and distributors who fail to do so would be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. – Samantha Cole, MOTHERBOARD » http://bit.ly/2T8NoXA

The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

Further price increases also create a long-term risk that people will avoid home broadband altogether. Unthinkable as that may seem, a U.S. government study found that 20 percent of households relied only on mobile internet in 2015, up from 10 percent a couple years earlier. Because younger consumers are increasingly skipping cable TV, home broadband could be the last chance for companies like Comcast and Spectrum to maintain some form of relationship with the next generation of consumers… – Jared Newman. http://ift.tt/2y63wTr

Charter Saddles ‘$20’ Streaming Service With $6 in Bogus Fees

[W]hile Spectrum Stream is advertised at $20 per month, Charter Communications tacks on a fairly-massive (and sure to increase) $6 per month “broadcast TV fee.” And while that sounds like a sensible charge, we’ve been noting for some time how broadcast TV fees are just a clever way for the cable industry to covertly jack up the price of advertised rates post-sale. To create the broadcast TV fee, cable providers simply take some of the cost of programming and bury it below the line. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2ueR3ts

Lemley uses old-fashioned scare tactics in support of FCC’s set-top box proposal

Licensing is not binary in the sense that you either have one or you don’t. Parties negotiate not just price but a variety of terms. These terms include how content is delivered to your home, not what you can do with the content once you get it. Because this fact would get in the way of [Stanford Law Professor Mark Lemley]’s narrative, he resorts to old-fashioned scare tactics to make it seem like critics of the proposal are trying to change how you can watch a movie. That simply isn’t true. – Keith Kupferschmid, The Hill http://ift.tt/2deu2kv

New Jersey Investigating Comcast’s Use Of HD Fee To Raise Basic Cable Rates

Ultimately, the question is whether or not these fees count as rate hikes — not just for customers with the lowest-cost tiers, but for all pay-TV subscribers. Comcast maintains that the HD Tech Fee is simply a surcharge for customers who “possess High Definition equipment to enable access to high definition service.” Almost all cable channels now readily available in HD; manufacturers aren’t really making standard-definition TV sets or anymore, and you don’t see set-top box makers pumping out brand new SD receivers. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Netflix tax plan on video streaming services coming soon to EU—report

According to a 32-page draft of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive obtained by Politico, European Union member states would be able to “impose financial contributions [direct investments or levies allocated to national film funds] to on-demand services in their jurisdictions.” In addition, the European Commission hopes to see 20 percent of on-demand video streaming services’ catalogues offered within the EU deriving from European productions. – Glyn Moody, Ars Technica

After NY OKs merger, Time Warner Cable raises rates

Time Warner Cable is raising its Internet and TV rates for customers in New York state just a 10 days after getting approval from state regulators for its $55 billion merger with Charter Communications. [TWC]’s standard TV package will increase from $76.99 a month to $78.99 a month. […] There are also new prices for the company’s basic and standard Internet services, which will now be $49.99 a month and $59.99 a month, although it is unclear what the current prices are for those offerings. The cost of a Digital HD, DVR or HD DVR set top box and remote is rising from $6.98 a month to $8.50 a month. – Larry Rulison, Albany Times Union

Facebook, Twitter, and Google Ask Hollywood to Stop Trying to Revive SOPA

logo: MPAA

logo: MPAA

A recent effort to crack down on pirating sites that bears a striking resemblance to SOPA, a controversial anti piracy bill shot down in 2012, has drawn backlash from major tech companies Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yahoo.

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a collective of six major Hollywood studios, previously filed an injunction that would require hosting sites to stop links to MovieTube, an online streaming site, and affiliated sites. – Kari Paul, MOTHERBOARD

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