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Originally posted by stealthc
I haven't had a cell phone for years, I just borrow my roommates.
No home phone, no cable, no internet -- I just borrow internet from my neighbors routers.
I use skype if I need to make a long-distance call.
I download what I want to watch off of pirate bay.
I save $50 a month on internet, $50 a month on cell phone, $50-$100 a month on cable, $20 a month + long distance on home phone. By not playing ball with them I've freed myself from an over a $200 a month ass rape.
oh and I also use a nintendo ds with a flash cart, I save $40 a game because they are not worth $40. The best game I ever bought was quake 2 and counter strike, both cost me $10. The ds with cart and memory card cost me just over $70, all brand new, with a 16gb sdhc class 6 card. Futureshop charges $70 just for the sdhc card I bought for $25, $120 for the ds I bought for $35, the ace card 2 is about $12. The files are free, just download and copy. I would have paid $200 retail had I not done my job as a consumer; problem is most consumers don't and screw us all over.
What idiot consumer decided paying near price at an online store was appropriate? What about all that storefront and theft they save on? Things should be dramatically cheaper but they are not, because these raping corporations collude together to charge the most for everything.
$200 a month is unreasonable for these stupid services they offer but they've largely removed the choice of owning a cell phone; if you do not you are seriously handicapped in todays society. They've got you all by the nuts and you should be getting angry. It's not good enough that they have to make you work but now they require you to have a communications device with which they can badger you when you are spending time with your family. It's a slave pager and tracker. People don't know how to use the off button enough.
The second is that nobody can block “lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices,” on broadband Internet. The standards are somewhat lower for mobile broadband Internet, however, and only lay down that nobody can “block consumers from accessing lawful websites,” and nobody can “block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services.”
The third rule states that nobody “engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service,” can “unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service.”
It adds, however, that this openness also “promotes competition,” and “broadband providers have taken actions that endanger the Internet’s openness by blocking or degrading disfavored content and applications without disclosing their practices to consumers.”
People who use the Internet for things such as gaming, entertainment, and artistic and social expression “will be denied the full benefits of the Internet,” Schwartzman said.