Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-04-05 13:54
It seems there is more trouble brewing in the eerily quiet ItsOurNet coalition of online giants who are promoting net neutrality legislation.
Today's WSJ article "Ask.com's Revolt Risks costly clicks" highlights a guerilla ad campaign that Ask.com is running in "London subway cars exhorting commuters to "stop the online information monopoly.""
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-04-05 13:29
A great editorial in the European WSJ, "Net Loss" by analyst Alec Van Gelder, alerts us to the potential for regulatory creep to occur in the European Union (EU) and how it relates to the U.S. net neutrality movement.
This fine WSJ piece alerts us to some potentially troublesome developments in the EU: draft laws are due this July on the EU's "standardization policy for the information and technology sector."
Now it will become more clear why I wrote the commentary "America's Unique Internet Success" in the Washington Times last month.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-04-04 16:04
National Journal's Tech Daily had an interesting article today reminding us that there is yet another dimension to Google's untrustworthy business behavior.
What is important here is this is just part of a well documented history and pattern of Google not doing the right thing and making a mockery of their double-negative corporate motto: "Don't be evil."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-04-03 19:39
SaveTheInternet's Free Press arm and other liberal advocacy groups are going to ask the FCC to impose net neutrality on the winners of the upcoming 700 MHz wireless auction, according to Tech Daily on 3-30-07.
Less than two weeks ago, the FCC unanimously voted to classify wireless broadband as an unregulated information service which pratically means that net neutrality does not apply to wireless broadband.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-04-02 17:26
Its a great problem to have.
Why I like the flash video so much is that it persuasively spotlights how vibrant and healthy the Internet is today.
If net neutrality proponents were more responsible they would also be focused on solving real (not hypotheical) ongoing problems that are critical to every user every day, which is how to increase the Internet's capacity so that it can continue to operate as it has or better.
The Bottom line: Net neutrality proponents are missing the proverbial forest for the trees.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2007-03-31 17:46
As a fervent and principled advocate of free markets and competition, I have also been a long-time proponent of principle/precedent-driven anti-trust enforcement under the law. I truly believe that real competition is good and that real, legally-determined monopolization is bad.
Any principled antitrust analysis of the XM-Sirius merger will find this merger quite quickly to be a "no-brainer" decision -- that it is anti-competitive and illegal under long time anti-trust precedent and competition policy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-30 17:05
Business Week's cover story is: "Is Google too Powerful?" is exactly the question a major publication that thinks ahead should be asking.
Business Week has done everyone a favor in posing this cover question because it will get folks looking at Google in a new way -- as the dominant antitrust concern of the market place in the decade ahead, like Microsoft was in the 1990's, AT&T was in the late 1970s/early 1980s and IBM was in the 1950s.
Mark my words, the words "Google" and "antitrust" will be heard much more frequently together -- in the years ahead -- as Google has gone from 35% to 50% market share today in a couple of years and is on path inexorably towards 60-70% share in the next few years.
While it is clearly debatable if Google is too powerful today...
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-29 18:44
I sincerely hope that everyone who cares substantively about the net neutrality issue, on either side of the debate, reads the new 2-1/2 page "Economists' Statement on Network Neutrality Policy" by the AEI-Brookings oint Center for Regulatory Studies.
We are still waiting to read a cogent, well-reasoned and supported piece of work that supports the policy of Net neutrality. All we have gotten is assertions, hypotheticals --virtually no facts or analysis from the other side.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-29 11:21
The NYT lead business article on Google entering radio advertising, "The Ad Search, Offline" is a shining example of the theme in my recent blog "Google-YouTube: What's really going on."
I got the "fox in the henhouse" title for this blog from the last quote in the NYT article:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-29 09:16
Hal Singer of Criterion Economics has a very good commentary today in Canada's Financial Post called "Not Neutrality."
Hal is a very clear thinker and anyone who quotes Milton Friedman in a supportive way is alright by me.
One passage of Hal's commentary really hits the nail on the head about how insidious net neutrality is: