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@alis That whole article makes me want to run screaming into the night.

@demitas Welcome to our exciting new digitally feudal future!

@alis I remember how excited I was to hear that Google was experimenting with internet services to compete with cable companies.

They were making visual translators for signs and things, and I thought, 'Google is going to be the future!'

I was a fool.

@ToonLink Haha yeah I used to be a Google fan girl, too. Oh how times change. u_u

@๐Ÿ‘พ and @demitas keep expanding the instances I guess? thats the punk cyberfuture?
@๐Ÿ‘พ and @demitas do you think there's anything that can get around it? The irrigation part is what scares the shit out of me.

@dancinbutterfly Government regulation mandating open protocols and separation between hardware, platform, and content vendors. Basically. @demitas

@dancinbutterfly Oh, no I do think it'll happen. Eventually. A whole shittonne of people are gonna die first, though, because that's *always* been the price of industrial regulation...

@Toon Link Google is certainly not any kind of panacea, but living in a small city I was hopeful about the entry of a tech company into the broadband sector since this is an extremely uncompetitive industry (especially since the weak option of DSL is increasingly outclassed). The fact that they've given up because of expense is not a good sign for any of us.

@yourlibrarian This is true! I keep hoping for some option besides the same three companies that own all the telecommunications. Besides the obvious, I have an interest in over-the-air TV, but we're all still reliant on the cable companies for internet, and they can just set limits on our usage and charge more to offset the loss in TV revenue.

I hear that some towns are opening their own services in response to net-neu repeal. I hope *something* takes off. Preferably what won't fleece us all.

@yourlibrarian But it sure goes to show that we gotta be careful about who we think has our best interest at heart. At the time, I thought Google was trying to do a good thing for people, and that was a mistake. I have to remember that big businesses aren't interested in charity. Maybe little things for PR that doesn't hurt their profit margin much, especially if it acts as a business increase. While they're throwing basically pocket change at people, others are suffering under their shadow.

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