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'Orange Is the New Black' team raises money for Michelle Hurst as she recovers from car crash

The ladies of Litchfield really are a family: The cast and crew of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black has banded together to raise funds for series costar Michelle Hurst, who suffered serious injuries in a car accident in December.

Hurst — who plays Miss Claudette on Orange — “had major injuries so the doctors put her in a medically induced coma to avoid movement while they did multiple surgeries near her spine,” the team explains on a fundraising page for their comrade.

“She is out of the coma (after 16 days) and has opened her eyes! We can’t send flowers yet because she is in ICU at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital. So we have set up a fundraising page,” the text continues. “All the money will go through Michelle’s sister to help pay for her medical expenses & time off of work.” The page has already exceeded its fundraising goal of $5,000.

Charging Netflix at issue in open-Internet case

Will broadband providers start charging Internet services such as Netflix to deliver the massive amounts of data that streaming video and other content require?

A court ruling this week gives providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon more flexibility to do that, even though immediate changes are unlikely.

Technically, providers have always been allowed to charge Netflix, Google, and others for priority treatment. But the so-called net neutrality rules adopted by the FCC in 2010 discouraged the practice, and any attempt to do it would likely have faced a challenge from the agency.

In striking down those rules Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit lifted any uncertainty and removed any constraints broadband providers might have felt.

Services such as Netflix already pay their broadband providers to send data from their systems. What’s in question is whether they’ll also have to pay their subscribers’ providers for delivery of the data.

Netflix’s stock fell more than 2 percent Wednesday to $330.50 out of concern that if the company may someday have to pay their subscribers’ broadband providers, thereby leaving the company with less money to license content. Investors also worried that Netflix Inc. might pass along any new costs to subscribers in the form of fee hikes.

Netflix had no comment Wednesday.
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