It is not all based on what the FCC wants to do. It is also based on what consumers demand. Consumers have two ways of fighting:
- give lobbyists to shmooze and promote their cause
- go to a vendor offering better services and pricing
Honestly, I don't think giving power to FCC is the answer either. It all boils down to the fact, consumers need a choice. If you don't like service somewhere, go somewhere else. Same can be said for services. That is difficult in a Monopoly by Situation.
I really could not see them exiting too many markets. Need for Internet access is not going to decline in the near future. I know Google is talking about satellite ISP service. But that does not do much good, if I need Internet access in the next five years. Even so, Satellite has many shortcoming. The state I live in, Google does offer fiber in some areas. However, that is minimum, since county and city law prohibit them, Verizon, AT&T, or any other provider to lay fiber optics. Only Comcast can access city infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, etc).
The ISP's are going to have a difficult time complaining. Comacast, the USA's largest provider posted; profits of revenue increased nearly 14% last quarter alone, and earnings per share went up 33%. That is after Comcast spent over 10 billion repurchasing company shares. To top, profits are not really dented by operating costs, like Boeing, etc.....
Saying that any form of continuing net-neutrality will eat into profits is gonna be a tough sale, at the least.
As far as the original link, I think the OP failed to realize something: even if browsers need to keep the source of DRM'd builds closed. They will probably release source for non-DRM'd builds. If you don't want Netflix, don't use a DRM'd build. If you want Netflix, download the DRM'd build, install it in a different folder. Simple? IE, Safari, and probably even Opera (not sure on this one) have been closed source forever. Well, modern day releases, anyway.
Much bigger problems like the NSA, Google being an information mining company - disguised as a service provider, Facebook sheeple and mandatory facilities to eavesdrop on conversations... for being Huxled.
EDIT: when I mentioned Netflix, I was implying HTML video/media in general. I mean, there will still be alternative to view stuff I will refer to as "open source content" with tradition media players. And who wants to see HTML5 video ads anyway? please don't cut those out of my diet. :-/
Do I have to run proprietary software in order to use Firefox?
No. The Adobe Access CDM is entirely optional. However, we expect Hollywood studios, via their video streaming partners, to deny you access to view their content using the <video> tag if you choose not to use it.
Does this mean Mozilla is adding DRM to Firefox?
No. Mozilla is providing a new integration point for third-party DRM that works with Firefox. Third-party DRM that works with Firefox is not new. Firefox (and every other browser) already provides another integration point for third parties to ship DRM: the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI), which has been part of web browsers since 1995. What’s new is the ability of the third-party DRM to integrate with the HTML <video> element and its APIs when previously third-party DRM instead integrated with the <embed> and <object> elements. When integrating with <video>, the capabilities of the DRM component are more limited, and the browser has control over the style and accessibility of the playing video.
Firefox, as shipped by Mozilla, will continue to be Free Software / Open Source Software.
Edited by tekio, 07 June 2014 - 07:18 PM.