Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-01-12 18:34
I just read SaveTheInternetâ€™s new manifesto â€“ â€œThe Internet Freedom Declaration of 2007â€? and I'm sure it's going to be the main topic of conversation in Memphis this weekend at the NCMR.
On the surface it, I must commend the improved choice of language and the tone, it is a much more thoughtful and less strident policy statement than this group has produced before. Itâ€™s certainly easier on the ears, even if it isnâ€™t to the trained eye.
That said, lets get down to brass tacks.
NN demoted to second amendment status!
The most interesting part of the new manifesto is that when this group had to rank â€œnet neutralityâ€? relative to its other Internet priorities or â€œInternet rightsâ€?, net neutrality was not first, but was effectively demoted to â€œsecondâ€? amendment status. (Forget last years rhetoric.. as just rhetoric.)
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-01-12 10:37
To commemorate the "Seinfeld-ian" aspect of "net neutrality being a show about nothing," NetCompetition.org has introduced a prominent, "What's the Problem?" daily ticker on the NetCompetition.org site.
It has been 1,516 days or over four years, since the term "net neutrality" was first used publicly and that there has been no net neutrality mandate.
*Professor Lawrence Lessig is credited with making up the term "net neutrality". Its a clever, but vacuous term that has caught on.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-01-10 17:50
There are several telling indications that net neutrality remains a political and partisan issue and is not a serious legislative/policy issue or industry problem.
First, the only change in the Senate net neutrality bill just introduced, was to change its name from Snowe-Dorgan to Dorgan-Snowe to reflect the new Democratic changeover of Congress. Other than that, the actual bill language is identical to last yearâ€™s bill -- according to Senator Dorganâ€™s spokesperson and my review of the two bills.
Second, isnâ€™t it very telling that the sponsors have learned nothing, let me repeat nothing, since they introduced their bill eight months ago that might have made their bill better or attracted more consensus?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-01-10 09:46
Listening to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, in a podcast interview with Richard Scoble at the CES show, Microsoft clearly is no longer singing from the ItsOurNet hymnal on net neutrality.
When Microsoft withdrew its support and funding from ItsOurNet in the late fall, it indicated that it intended to rejoin ItsOurNet after the merger review was complete.
Whether or not Microsoft stays out of ItsOurNet or not, it is clear from this podcast interview that the head of Microsoft does not agree with the standard ItsOurNet line on NN.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-01-10 09:08
Both Seinfeld and net neutrality are shows about nothing.
Isn't America great that you can make something out of nothing?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-01-08 22:44
If one only listened to net neutrality proponents, one would conclude that American innovation was at deathâ€™s door, because there was no â€œnet neutralityâ€? in law.
Where is the evidence of the horrible discrimination problem the government must fix immediately? There is none!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-01-05 10:40
Net neutrality proponents are trying to make hay and promote net neutrality by saying that the application of NN to WiMax fixed wireless in one of the FCC's AT&T merger conditions amounts to breaking the wireless barrier.
A little fact check and history lesson is in order to douse this silliness.
Wireless is obviously competitive; everyone who turns on a TV or reads a newspaper and sees the blizzard of ads knows it is very competitive. The lame "duopoly" argument is a joke when applied to wireless, noone will take it seriously.
Wifi is free and has never been subject to net neutrality. The U.S. has more WiFi hotspots than any other country. What is the problem here that needs to be fixed?
The FCC condition extending NN to WiMax, a nascent technology with miniscule market share to date, is not a big deal, becuase it is no "principle." AT&T is also forced to divest WiMax spectrum and that WiMax spectrum won't be subject to NN. Some principle!
The attempt to lasso wireless into NN would be laughable if its dire unintended consequences were not so serious. Has anyone heard the phrase: "if it ain't broke don't fix it?"
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-01-05 08:41
In my recent blog post, "Why Microsoft's new Internet 7 explorer browser discriminates against small business" I mistakenly used the incorrect first name in my transcription of a Wall Street Journal quote. The quote should have been attributed to "Greg" Waldron (not "Gerry"), of the Waldron company http://thewaldroncompany.com/index.html. Greg Waldron is founder of a company which is an online provider of water fountains. Precursorbog regrets the error.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-01-04 08:59
Google, Yahoo, and IAC, big pushers of net neutrality corporate welfare, have expanded their effort to eat at the public trough again. See the Wall Street Journal article of today "SEC reviewing Its Data Fee Ruling".
The super profitable online giants actually have the gall of claiming that paying fees for real-time stock exchange quotes is "beyond the economic reach of an advertising medium like the Internet." Unbelievable! Google is basically printing money with the advertising medium on the Internet! Shouldn't we all throw some coins in Google's platinum "tin cup" to show our concern?
They continue their poor man charade by whining that: "many millions of public investors who access their web sites daily will be injured by the unreasonable fees permitted by the staff's approval of the rule change." Please. These dotcom billionaires can afford to pay normal cost of doinh interstate commerce without passing on the cost to consumers. If they had more competition they wouldn't even consider trying to claim they can pass this on to consumers. But like net neutrality, anytime there is a chance of the online giants costs going up and reducing the online giants huge profits, they run to Washington and ask for corporate welfare. Doesn't everyone understand, its Google's inalienable right for the government to protect Google's extraordinary profitability!
In due time, people will see through the online giants self-serving Washington behavior and have no sympathy for this outrageous behavior. What's really funny is that these people are so clueless to be lobbying for this corporate welfare just when the Democrats are taking over the House and making lobbying reform and ethics a top agenda priority. Doesn't anyone else see the irony?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-01-03 10:55
The New York Times obviously felt compelled to write a counter editorial to the Wall Street Journalâ€™s three recent blistering editorials against net neutrality.
The NYT apparently just dusted off their simplistic editorial of last year and updated it with a phone call to a person or two.
They are still rehashing the ignorant claim that broadband companies are trying to create a â€œtwo tiered Internet.â€? If the NYT had any awareness of this issue at all, they would know that argument is factually wrong and that informed NN proponents no longer try to make that silly and ignorant argument. The facts are that the Internet has long been multi-tiered. There is dial up Internet access tier and multiple speed/price tiers of broadband Internet access. The Internet backbone since its commercial inception has had three different tiers based on the reach of the peering network.
The editorial also trots out the nonsense that without net neutrality innovation would be threatened and small companies could not afford the fees and â€œthe next eBay or Google might never be born.â€? Hello? Is it the new policy of the NYT that the government should subsidize â€œgarageâ€? entrepreneurs Internet access bills? Does the NYT think really think any entrepreneur worth their salt canâ€™t afford or canâ€™t raise funding to pay $15-40 a month for broadband access?