Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

  • The FCC meets today, starting at 10:30am EDT, to vote on a new net neutrality proposal.
      • Here are live streams from the FCC and C-SPAN.
      • The vote is simply about whether to adopt the draft rules and make them public. (What we know of the proposal thus far is only from leaks in the press.) Still, it's an important step.
      • If the draft is adopted, the FCC will start accepting public comment on it. Expect lots of protest and perhaps significant action by some major technology companies.
      • Net neutrality is a broad topic, but the debate has largely centered on whether internet service providers should be allowed to charge companies for a direct—and thus, faster—connection that bypasses much of the internet. Netflix has signed such deals with Comcast and Verizon, but says it shouldn't be allowed. Other content companies, like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, would also like to avoid these paid interconnection arrangements.
        • The FCC's draft is expected not to explicitly ban paid interconnections, but view them skeptically. That makes the exact language very important, which is why today's meeting is being so closely watched.
      • Another question is whether the FCC will assert its authority to regulate the internet by reclassifying ISPs as "common carriers" like telephone service.
        • The FCC is expected to float this possibility and ask for comment on it, but doesn't sound ready to go there. The cable industry, fearing more severe regulation, fiercely opposes being reclassified.
  • Thursday 5.15.14