2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
The proposed bill was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif. It would require the FCC to use its authority to prevent the speeding up of some Internet entities at the expense of others. For example, speeding up a streaming video service at the expense of another Web service. The Post reports:
“It wouldn’t give the commission new powers, but the bill — known as the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act — would give the FCC crucial political cover to prohibit what consumer advocates say would harm startup companies and Internet services by requiring them to pay extra fees to ISPs.”
The ban on “fast lanes” would apply to the connection between consumers and Internet service providers (ISPs), and would fall into current net neutrality rules.
The lack of new authority created by the bill, means that the FCC will have to rely on the current power it has to ban an Internet fast lane — a power that is legally dubious.
Currently the FCC allows for a “tiered” Internet between companies and ISPs, and it looks at each “paid prioritization” — or speeding up — on a case-by-case basis.
Reclassifying broadband as a public utility is something that consumer advocates hope that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will eventually implement.
The issue of net neutrality — one that has garnered serious attention in recent months — is splitting down party lines. In May Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, proposed a bill “that would prevent the FCC from reclassifying broadband,” according to the Washington Post.
h/t Washington Post
Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Sarah Gray.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.