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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf 76

Dega704 sends this quote from Ars: No company has lobbied more fiercely against network neutrality than Verizon, which filed the lawsuit that overturned the FCC's rules prohibiting ISPs from blocking and discriminating against Web content. But the absence of net neutrality rules isn't just good for Verizon—it's also good for the blind, deaf, and disabled, Verizon claims. That's what Verizon lobbyists said in talks with congressional staffers, according to a Mother Jones report last month. "Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people to try to convince congressional staffers and their bosses to get on board with the fast lane idea," the report said. With "fast lanes," Web services—including those designed for the blind, deaf, and disabled—could be prioritized in exchange for payment. Now, advocacy groups for deaf people have filed comments with the FCC saying they don't agree with Verizon's position."
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

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  • by Mal-2 ( 675116 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @10:32PM (#47512639) Homepage Journal

    We don't give a shit.

    (This should have been the Verizon ad all along.)

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @12:37AM (#47513177)

    I have a hand sign I'd like to show you. But don't worry - you don't need to know ASL to understand the meaning of this sign.

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @01:22AM (#47513283)

    That's not fair. I really don't feel like defending Verizon, but I am absolutely certain they don't discriminate against the deaf and blind. They rob everyone without prejudice.

  • by SJHillman ( 1966756 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @07:21AM (#47514265)

    Yeah, but the blind never saw it coming and the deaf just don't want to hear about it.

  • by Trailer Trash ( 60756 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @07:30AM (#47514293) Homepage

    Yes, if there were a fast lane, one could theoretically put special-deaf-packets in it (or just as easily shove them into the slow lane, if they can't afford to pay); but this ignores the more pressing question of "What, pray tell, is currently suffering for want of special bandwidth and how demanding must it be if your existing service can't cope?".

    When people can't hear well youtube, netflix, etc. have to send more data for the sound to make it louder. Similarly, people with vision problems get a really really huge movie to watch, meaning they need even more data (measured in bites) than the deaf folks. Someone like Helen Keller would need a dedicated OC-48 - possibly even an OC-49 or something like that - to handle her needs.

    I tell you, Verizon's great concern for the handicapped folks just brings a tear to my eye and makes me want to use their services all the more, especially with that fast lane for handicapped people. They probably even get their own parking spot at Verizon headquarters, one for deaf drivers and one for blind drivers.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad