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Stop the Secrecy

BGR: Big Telecom is trying to scare you

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Halloween's over, guys.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

With a renewed push to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the cable industry has ramped up its public relations blitz to convince you that Title II reclassification is the single scariest proposal in the history of the world. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin points us to a new ad funded by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association that is just about the least convincing argument against Title II reclassification that we can imagine.

As you can see, the NCTA wants you to think that enforcing net neutrality via Title II means that your cable bills will skyrocket. In reality, of course, cable prices have been skyrocketing well beyond the rate of inflation even without Title II restrictions.

major study from the Federal Communications Commission has found that basic cable prices increased by 6.5% throughout 2012 while expanded basic cable prices rose by 5.1% over the same period. In contrast, the general rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index throughout 2012 was just 1.6%, meaning that basic cable prices rose at more than four times the rate of inflation in 2012 while expanded basic cable prices rose by more than three times the rate of inflation.

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