Monday News: Broadband, publishing innovation, World War I, and body image
Throughout the summer, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler also began looking more closely at competition in the broadband market. By September he determined that — as he put it in a speech at a tech incubator in Washington, DC — “meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking, and Americans need more-competitive choices for faster and better Internet connections.”
He set the new bar for true broadband at 25 megabits per second. In January, he made that benchmark official when a divided FCC voted 3-2 to raise the standard for broadband downloads to 25 Mbps from 4 Mbps.
By redefining the broadband market, Wheeler gave the FCC and the Department of Justice more reason to reject the Comcast deal. Under the new threshold for broadband, Comcast and Time Warner Cable together would control 57 percent of the broadband market. In retrospect, the decision to raise the definition of broadband to 25 Mbps was a pretty clear sign that the FCC would oppose the merger. –CNET
It’s important to call out one of the key aspects of Louis C.K.’s direct-to-fans offerings. He now has a commerce-based connection to his fans. He knows who they are, what they bought, how much they spent, and most importantly, he can communicate with them directly (if they’ve opted-in to that type of communication). This direct connection (and the data associated with it) is the single most valuable asset in the artist/fan relationship. It’s important to note that in book publishing, most authors do not have this level of a connection. Neither do publishers. Amazon, Apple, and BN do. –Publishing Perspectives
“Are you of pure European descent?” he was asked, in an interrogation intended to unmask officer candidates whose ethnicity was not obvious and who were perhaps light-skinned enough to pass for white. “No,” answered Clemetson, whose grandfather Robert had been a slave in Jamaica, he was not “of pure European descent”.
By telling the truth about his ancestry, Clemetson threatened to disrupt the military’s peculiar “Don’t ask, don’t tell” racial practices, which were conducted with a wink and a nod.
The recruiting officers would probably have preferred that Clemetson claim he was white and leave it at that. If others had followed Clemetson’s stance, the military establishment could no longer claim, if pressed, that it barred men who were “negroes or people of colour” from becoming officers and that it kept leadership roles in the military for men “of pure European descent”. –BBC News