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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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  • Closed Captioning (Score:5, Informative)

    by techno-vampire ( 666512 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @10:38PM (#47512673) Homepage
    My hearing is bad enough that I need to use hearing aids, although I can get along to some extent without them. When I watch TV, I always have the Closed Captioning turned on and have, in fact abandoned shows that stopped providing it. Yes, providing it at need uses up a little more bandwidth, but very, very little. We don't need to throw out Net Neutrality to get closed captioning, especially when you consider the fact that most people won't ever need it.
  • I'm deaf... (Score:5, Informative)

    by evil_aaronm ( 671521 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @11:09PM (#47512841)
    And I have never needed, used, or even been aware of any service provided to deaf people by Verizon. I honestly have no clue what they're talking about, and it's one of the lamest, skeeziest attempts to wheedle money I've seen in a while. Fuck you, Verizon.
  • Re:Closed Captioning (Score:5, Informative)

    by CaptQuark ( 2706165 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @02:40AM (#47513499)
    Close captioning doesn't take any bandwidth. Closed Captioning is encoded within line 21 of overscan information within an analog screen page. With 30 frames per second, that gives enough plenty of information with no added bandwidth. Digital TV encodes the information within the digital stream itself. []

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