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FCC Title II Net Neutrality “Saving” The Internet Or Another Repackaging of Bad Regulations?

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If you haven’t heard, your online freedom is at stake again. Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission recalled a very interesting story recently about his own history with creating one of the world’s first internet service provider companies alongside AOL, which crushed his own NABU Network due to the simple fact that the FCC forced phone lines to be Open Networks while cable companies remained closed.

This fascinating story taken from a page of Tom’s actual life perfectly demonstrates why we need to stop the ISP Monopoly that is threatening to emerge. The FCC would have you believe that their modernized Title II regulation is part of this fight for freedom. However, many are skeptical about the plan to say the least.

To learn more about Tom Wheeler, the new Title II Regulations, and the history of the internet, read this opinion piece from the man himself entitled FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality. But beware that what he isn’t telling you is that the 332 page plan for free internet regulation, is actually likely to cause the opposite of freedom online. This man’s plan is to make the Internet a utility regulated by the Government. Effectively re-packaging a bad piece of regulations in an attempt to use it as a weapon against companies threatening to ruin what we now call our digital home.

“FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, at last week’s meeting, called Title II “an inappropriate framework for today’s dynamic technologies.” O’Rielly, a Republican, was one of the two that voted against Wheeler’s proposal.” [Source: DailyDot]

AT&T has already found holes in this supposedly great plan, and have began to prepare the ultimate consumer abuse for a new digital dark age should this pass. Ajit Pai is a member of the Federal Communications Commission, here’s what he has to say about it. So the debate is on the table folks… some people want government to take over and save them from the cable monopoly while others are looking at the new Utility legislation as a disaster waiting to happen. Many are left bewildered by the flip flopping of the entire situation.

Nobody should want Government in Internet. This will lead to illegal actions they want to take including Censorship, and Freedom of Speech Violations that the Government will do through these regulations. It’s wrong, it’s bad for business, and it’s against our liberty. America is about less Government, and more freedom, not more Government.

The fact is, no one entity owns the Internet. When I was a kid, the Dewey decimal system was a big deal. Imagine how the world would be held back today, not only for video game designers around the world but for every industry, if libraries were the only way to access information. Teachers, lawyers, doctors, game designers, police, politicians, filmmakers, writers, students, and even your average every day citizen all rely so heavily on the Internet today as a positive force of improvement for their job.

We are still at risk for losing our free speech, losing our freedom to information, and losing our free market competition in this space. For example, you don’t have to believe me – here’s another couple of sources of information on the free internet beyond the links I’ve provided breaking it down in video format below.

Keep in mind that major players such as Comcast, AT&T, and other cable companies are trying to do what by all means should be an illegal merger in an act of desperation. The Government wants to jump in and simultaneously stop the corporations, but take all the censorship and control freak actions for themselves instead.

In just three days the FCC will take a look at yet another piece of regulation. For those who haven’t been keeping up, Wheeler is trying to make everyone think we won over the FCC – but now is attempting to pass what could simply be a bad idea once again re-dressed and re-skinned making the claim that it will save us from the cable monopoly soon to come if the ISP giants are allowed to merge.

Of course we as Americans need to take a stand now and stop the insanity of service providers attempting to merge in order to enact censorship and corporate greed on levels never before seen. But can we really for a second believe that putting the Government into the Internet is going to save us? Please take a moment to educate yourselves on the matter, as this is something which effects us all.

If your head is spinning by now, we won’t blame you. RealGamerNewz will speak more on this issue in the days, weeks, and months to come as it is a high priority issue that effects us all.

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EA Sued By Investors In Class Action Lawsuit For False Advertising Battlefield 4, Financial Fraud, Stock Manipulation, Embezzlement

Over the past couple of weeks RealGamerNewz has been exhaustively reviewing legal documentation from the parties Robbins Geller as well as the original investigation that was brought forward by Holzer Holzer and Fistel. Judging by documentation provided to investors as well as the press, we feel confident now to speak on our own (not just repeating what others have said) in saying that it’s exactly what it looks like. EA executives are being held responsible for crimes that they have indeed committed against the investors of their company and have also resulted in hurting the video game industry as well as fans of the Battlefield series. There’s more to it than is being currently reported by mainstream media though, as of course RealGamerNewz is always willing to speak what others will leave out.

First let’s cover the basics…

  • “Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Electronic Arts common stock during the Class Period (the “Class”)”

This is the statement that reads on the EA lawsuit and begins a myriad of reasons. In common language we can describe them like this – EA execs made statements that raised the price of Electronic Arts stock which they allegedly knew to not be true and then sold their own stocks while at a record high. Here’s a small image major mainstream press has taken of the second half of court documents which are available to all (here) and break down how much money they essentially embezzled from their own company by doing this type of stock manipulation and financial fraud.

Now for the stuff other sites and magazines aren’t reporting  – on top of this, EA also mentioned that with Battlefield 4 they were the most pre-ordered next-generation game which we personally found extremely doubtful even though the Battlefield series is viewed as a fan favorite – it has never been the best seller in the FPS genre. Approximately a day after making this statement though charts were released showing Call of Duty: Ghosts as the clear winner of such a title forcing us to believe that EA lied about this as well. If not lies, there must have been a twist on the truth so extreme and far-reaching that it would likely only be labelled fraud in the court of law.

The next complaint is that the game suffered too many bugs at launch causing the Delay of BF4 DLC and other projects from DICE / EA Games which will inevitably result in less money for investors (not to mention BF4 failed to meet sales expectations and pre-sale claims). We have it on good authority (from un-named sources within DICE) that EA Games refused the development firm’s plea for a next-gen Beta due to agreements and contracts with Sony and Microsoft related to launch-day sales. Beyond that, DICE has come on record in the public as saying that EA Games is to blame for issues of the game crashing. Could it be that these issues are the result of DRM being removed from the title post-haste since it became such a taboo word when Sony defamed the business practice at PS4’s reveal? We aren’t entirely sure, but DICE says EA is at fault for the bugs and that they couldn’t fix them any faster if they wanted to.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story as it becomes available to us, and don’t believe everything that you read either for or against EA in this situation since most journalists do not read all of the legal documents. This has taken us a long time but is very beneficial as we discovered a lot of not-well-known details during the Call of Duty lawsuit fiasco that happened between Activision and COD’s creators.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Mitch Walters on 20131220 and was last modified on 20131220 .

Cable Internet Providers Admit Data Limits Are Not Necessary

In addition to holding back download speeds perhaps to force you to get your streaming television / film content on their archaic hardware Cable Internet Providers also limit the upload abilities users have, causing them to be unable to do advanced tasks their hardware would otherwise handle easily – like host sophisticated servers for example.

Now Ex-FCC Boss Michael Powell has revealed to the world that Cable Internet Providers have admitted to the public there is no actual hardware limitation causing data caps to be placed on internet plans such as broadband and fiber. Instead, Powell explains, the reason data caps are being placed is for providers to decide how much to charge various types of users for what is essentially the same technology had it not been for the limits they themselves control. This opens up all kinds of discussion such as the merit of charging for faster internet or more bandwidth per month.

Cable and Fiber remain the most sturdy and widespread networks in the United States while in some other countries Wireless still dominates and Wireless claims to have hardware limitations that explain the various tiers of pricing – but now that Cable doesn’t will users have any other choice but to continue paying for large companies to rake in massive profit margins? Also, as people begin to pull the plug on Cable TV for services like Netflix will we see Cable ISP’s aggressively going after people who pirate films / tv and refuse to lower prices / increase data rates citing loss of customer-base on the entertainment front? Pictured above is an example of how the internet’s network is mapped, time remains to tell the full story of this issue.

[Some Info Sourced: TechDirt]

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Mitch Walters on 20131220 and was last modified on 20131220 .