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Yes, there was the case of Netflix and Comcast for example. The events were basically these: Comcast noticed that Netflix is responsible for a lot of traffic of their private internet customers. Comcast asked Netflix to pay for a better quality of service to their customers. They refused. Comcast started throttling Netflix. The bandwidth available between ...


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Here's a comment that's been circulating on reddit discussing the answer to this question. I didn't write it, but I thought it had excellent information. It was originally posted (as far as I can tell) by u/The_Brutally_Honest in an r/OutOfTheLoop thread about Net Neutrality. Here's the link to the comment. Also for anyone who tells you that "Net ...


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No. There is no regulation that prevents a citizen from repairing themselves any kind of electronic device. The problem is that there is also no regulation that requires electronics companies to provide documentation or standardization of parts for the repair of these devices. This means that your company (let's say a company making TVs) can obfuscate ...


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Labels like "conservative" versus "liberal" or "left" versus "right" are often applied to larger-scale political movements, parties or ways of thinking, without every single detail being thrown into the mix. The labels mean different things in different environments anyway: what is called "right wing conservative capitalist" in some European countries might ...


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There have been a few examples, in part, these examples have pushed this more into the spotlight. It's often under the term 'traffic shaping' if you are interested, here is Sandvine, a company that offers those shaping services. If you are interested in the peer2peer domain (which is heavily bringing this issue to the forefront) here is a national list of ...


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Citing Economist.com coverage The state’s deregulated power market is also fiercely competitive. ERCOT oversees the grid, while power generators produce electricity for the wholesale market. Some 300 retail electricity providers buy that fuel and then compete for consumers. For years the benefits of Texas’s deregulated market structure were clear. At 8.6 ...


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You also can take a look at mobile internet products in Portugal: Now assume you have the VIDEO pack because you watch Twitch a lot. If you now decide to get some streaming service, will it be Netflix where you already have the traffic covered in your package or will it be e.g. Amazon Prime? If this then really a "free market" where you freely decide ...


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As a general rule, regulation transfers costs from consumers to producers, while deregulation transfers costs from producers to consumers. In this specific case, that works out like so: With regulation, energy producers would be required to take precautionary steps to ensure the security and viability of the power grid, and could be held accountable for ...


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Theoretically, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government is limited in its power to mandate products. In practice... it depends. Your hypothetical about whether the government can mandate healthy eating was actually a major talking point during the debate over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate (in a brilliant ...


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This mostly had to do with (as usual, confusing) political terminology and branding. "Liberal" in USA has several meanings, mainly, either (1) "classical liberal" (which in USA is typically branded as "libertarianism" - although it's still called plain "liberalism" in Europe where the term originated); and, wholly independently, (2) "political liberal" - ...


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If resigning from a government post counts as a consequence, then there are a few UK examples: In April 2020, Scotland's chief medical officer resigned after making two trips to her second home during the coronavirus lockdown. In May 2020, Professor Neil Ferguson quit as a government adviser on coronavirus after admitting an "error of judgement", ...


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Comcast, in the face of cable cutting, is now applying usage caps on their data services, but continues to provide unlimited access to their video feeds. Comcast loses ~$38 in "contribution margin" per cord-cutter Since their service has been all-digital (everywhere?) for a decade or so, it's clear that they are penalizing their data-only customers in order ...


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As an example of something Net Neutrality rules have effectively blocked, Verizon lawyers admitted in court of law that given the opportunity, they probably would throttle or even completely block content. ... the judges asked whether the company [Verizon] intended to favor certain websites over others. “I’m authorized to state from my client today,” ...


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As I noted in a comment above, saying "let's just assume there was a way to do it" can't really be answered because how it's done matters to the question. The U.S. government has restricted food before with the consent of the people, although unsuccessfully (see Prohibition and the 18th Amendment). New York City tried limiting how much soda can be ...


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I'm not American, and would only sometimes vote Republican if I were, so your question is not directly addressed to me. Nonetheless the debate about climate change crosses national borders so I believe I can still contribute a useful answer on one of your points. You write, "...they support the laissez faire (economics) but they don't accept the green ...


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I don't think there's any one law or regulation that does this. Instead, we have old laws being used in new ways. While the Electronic Frontier Foundation is in the US, they describe the problem as this [U]ntil it breaks and you want to fix it yourself (or take it to a local repair shop you trust). Or you think of a way to make it work better that requires ...


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New Zealand's health minister didn't face legal repercussions, but he tendered his resignation after driving his family 20 km to a beach during the first weekend of the first lockdown in April. This wasn't accepted at the time due to the emergency, but was in July 2020.


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Roman Prymula, famous, scientifically active and prominent Czech epidemiologist, somewhat active in politics as well. During the COVID pandemic, he first served as a head of the Central Crisis Board and since 21 September 2020 as a Minister of Health, introducing rather strict anti-pandemic measures. One month later, he was photographed leaving a (...


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There's a particularly important phenomenon at work here: things are harder to believe in if they're costly. For example, someone may say "I'm 100% sure my sportsball team will win that game," but that same person will probably be unlikely to make a $1000 bet at 100:1 odds against them that their team will win. When believing something has costs people ...


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Your assumption of a US-EU treaty to enforce fines seems like it is one of two intended enforcement methods, the other being the required establishment of representatives to ensure non-EU entities have at least some physical presence in the EU. The GDPR requires non-EU entities handling EU data to appoint a representative in the EU, and this representative ...


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These are considered cards issued by three party schemes, from europa.eu: Credit and debit cards issued by three party schemes (such as American Express and Diners Club), and business or corporate credit cards, where your employer is billed instead of you, are not covered by EU rules on payment services, and you can still be charged extra for using these ...


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I'll point out here that the cheaper-than-average electricity prices that TX sees (according to the answer based on the Economist) is actually somewhat of a recent thing. Despite TX avoiding "the feds" for decades, for the 2000-2010 decade their prices mostly tracked the national average. And as a difference graph: (If someone can find ...


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The current regulation 2018/848 has: 1.5.2.1. Where animals become sick or injured despite preventive measures to ensure animal health, they shall be treated immediately. 1.5.2.2. Disease shall be treated immediately to avoid suffering of the animal. Chemically synthesised allopathic veterinary medicinal products, including antibiotics, may be used ...


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The explanation is somewhat simple. Regulation (EU) 2015/751 of 29 April 2015, which capped the interchange fees for four-party schemes like Visa and Mastercard, was according to a World Bank presentation, specifically designed to Put an end to the race between MasterCard and Visa for higher interchange fees (reverse competition) and Introduce ...


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It is 100% established in law that the federal government has the power to ban the production and sale of unhealthy foods, such as bread made from flour laced with arsenic or chicken contaminated with salmonella. That’s a big part of what the FDA does. But it seems unlikely that it has the power to mandate which specific healthy foods you should buy and ...


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While I'm really not qualified to really answer the why (other than that a majority of California voters will accept these things), there are two factors that have made it possible. First is the sheer size of California and its economy. (If it were an independent country, it would be the 5th largest by GNP.) That makes it possible for California to impose ...


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In 2005, Telus, a Canadian telecom, censored a union's website from its Internet subscribers when its workers went on strike. (While that wasn't an action to favour its business partners, it was certainly an action to hurt its business enemy.)


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The simple answer: in context of your question, nothing First of all, the U.S. government never mandated masks. This is really important. It recommended masks, but there was never a federal mandate. Why? Because of the 10th Amendment. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the ...


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Homeopathic products are essentially water (or some other solvent). While they don’t do anything useful beyond a possible placebo effect (which may or may not exist for animals), they aren’t directly harmful either; in particular not to humans who eat meat or dairy from animals “treated” by homeopathy. This food safety aspect is probably all the regulation ...


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Ferdinand Grapperhaus, the Dutch Minister for Justice and Security (Minister van Justitie en Veiligheid), was fined €390 for breaking social distancing rules on his wedding in August 2020 (NOS (public broadcaster, Dutch), NLTimes (English)). A few days after the wedding on 22 August 2020, several media outlets published pictures of the celebrations ...


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