Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-22 18:30
Nick Carr wrote a dead-on column in the Gaurdian: "The net is being carved up into information plantations."
His thesis is the irony that as the web adds more and more destinations on line, fewer people seem to be visiting them.
What's my point? You know I always have a tie in.
This hyper-media concentration that is occurring on the web is much much greater than has occurred in traditional media.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-22 16:57
Scotland's Sunday Herald reports that : "INTERNET SEARCH engine Google is understood to have reached deals with several large UK news groups over carrying their content on Google News."
This news is on the heels of Google settling with Agence Presse and the Associated Press in separate settlements over IP theft.
The real question is:
Come clean Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-22 13:57
SaveTheInternet and net neutrality proponents are losing their populist message discipline, and starting to show their true philosphical colors in blatantly calling for what is effectively "digital socialism."
Andrew Rasiej, the founder of The Personal Democracy Forum, challenged Presidential candidates to become the next "Tech President" in a recent blogpost. It's important to note that his views are mainstream in the net neutrality movement as evidenced by the hearty endorsement they received by SaveTheInternet and by Wired Magazine Blog.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-05-21 18:02
The NY Times unearthed a fascinating and extremely important piece of antitrust-relevant information in its great article today: "Firefox and the anxiety of growing pains."
However, why this article is such a gem and is so important, is that it provides missing link evidence of why Google has become such a dominant search engine so fast, and why that domination is destined to increase.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-05-21 11:49
I believe Microsoft's purchase of Aquantive will have the effect of increasing antitrust scrutiny of Google-DoubleClick.
Let me count the ways that quote gives antitrust authorities the willies:
I can hear the Antitrust authorities sharpening their pencils and flexing their mouse clicking fingers now.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-05-18 11:05
I personally think the Markey proposal to spend $36 million for a "national broadband map" is a monumental waste of taxpayer money and really bad "policy".
However, there is a not so hidden agenda lurking here.
The reason they want a national broadband policy is that they want a one-size-fits-all national policy like net neutrality which ensures everyone gets the same broadband service regardless of different needs, wants or means.
It still amazes me how Chairman Markey and his fellow Big Government/net neutrality proponents can not see that competition and not regulating the Internet has been a fabulous, albeit imperfect success for the United States.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-17 18:04
Calls by House Telecom Chairman Ed Markey and other Big Government proponents for better "broadband mapping" is simply a "trojan horse" for regulating the Internet. and more government intervention in the marketplace.
Mr. Markey knows that calling for better data is generally an easy way to build consensus around an issue while staying "under the radar."
Make no mistake about it, this is Chairman Markey's first step in a grander scheme to have Big government play a much bigger role in the Internet and the digital economy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-05-16 18:14
I was able to ask the only question from the audience of the Educause net neutrality panel today.
Mr. Whit's first weak line of defense was that the term is really "network" neutrality implying it was not about "Internet" neutrality.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-05-16 15:47
I attended the Educause conference panel today because they made a big deal about how they were going to launch a new white paper with a new compromise on net neutrality that would be "more reasonable."
I was also amused that Educause, this academic oriented forum, did not even attempt to present a balanced panel that represented both points of view on net neutrality.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-05-16 14:06
I just rewatched the outstanding Fiber to the Home Council's video on the Internet Exaflood.
If SaveTheInternet and FreePress was truly interested in a free and open debate on net neutrality they would want to send this outstanding informational video out to their email blast list.