How many remember the 1996 Telecom Bill? This was the “deregulation” bill that dramatically increased cable TV rates and increased concentration of owership of media outlets.
Well, they’re at it again, this time going after your right to record radio and TV broadcasts: Net neutrality missing from sweeping telecom bill,
ncluded in the massive proposal is, however, one requirement sure to please the recording industry: authorization for the FCC to start the process of outlawing digital over-the-air radio and digital satellite receivers sold today that permit users to record broadcasts. Those would be supplanted with receivers that will treat as copy-protected anything with an “audio broadcast flag” in the future.
… His legislation would order the FCC to ban digital TV tuners, such as ElGato’s EyeTV 500, that let users record over-the-air broadcasts and save them without copy protection.
Also in the bill, changes that would allow telecom companies to control what you see on the internet:
Net neutrality, for instance, has become a rallying cry recently for Internet and software firms and liberal advocacy groups (and even one or two conservative ones) that say strict FCC regulations are necessary to protect the Internet. Net neutrality refers to the idea of the federal government preventing broadband providers from favoring some Web sites or video streams’ connection speeds over others.