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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-08-10 14:34
Sometimes the simplest solution can somehow elude people for a period of time.
Competitive differentiated choice -- what a concept -- why didn't anyone think of this before?
Mr. Arrington's epiphany -- that robust wireless and broadband competition not only exists, but actually works very well -- is a powerful reminder that the first and best solution for consumers is not regulation, but to simply to choose to take their business elsewhere.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-08-10 19:05
Evidence of the Open Internet's growing security problem only continues to mount. There also appears to be a growing and troubling disconnect between the seriousness of the actual problem and the seriousness of attention paid to the growing Internet security problem.
"Twitter, Facebook Sites Disrupted by Web Attack" WSJ
"Most users clueless about cybersecurity, FBI says" PC World
This policy shift is a quintessential example of the shift away from a default expectation of online privacy, to the default "publicacy" approach increasingly taken by many web 2.0 entities.
I have written about the growing tension between privacy and publicacy thirteen times this year, because I believe it is one of the biggest changes that is occurring online that average users are not aware of, but should be.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2009-08-13 11:36
While the latest net neutrality bill introduced in Congress has no chance of passage as drafted, it is a bay window view into how extreme the net neutrality movement has become and into what they are seeking from the FCC via backdoor regulation.
Why is this bill the most extreme version of net neutrality yet?
First, it is a completely unworkable framework.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-08-12 15:57
It is interesting that since I started this series spotlighting that security is and has been, for all practical and official purposes, a low corporate priority for Google, a Googler now publicly claims: "for Google, there is no higher priority than the safety and security of our users."
This new claim and development presents a useful opportunity to evaluate Google's stated security philosophy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-08-14 18:24
Why is Google's "bogus" claim bogus?
First, does Google think for a minute that antitrust enforcers' investigations have not assembled substantial evidence/quotes from Google itself about the importance of scale in search?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2009-08-16 17:56
Vint Cerf, Google's Internet Evangelist, urged the FCC at a broadband workshop last week to regulate broadband networks as a utility like the electrical grid.
Google's Mr. Cerf looks at the most competitive broadband market in the world, declares it inherently anti-competitive, and summarily prescribes... monopoly utility regulation for the entire broadband industry.
Meanwhile back at the Google Book Settlement ranch... Google has negotiated a de facto book search monopoly for itself in the Book Registry "utility" of the Google Book Settlement, without any regulation or Government oversight.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-08-21 18:45
The data and evidence show that broadband is not a public utility warranting economic regulation of prices, terms and conditions; this is contrary to the assertions of net neutrality proponents: the Markey-Eshoo Bill, FreePress, the Open Internet Coalition, and Google's Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, among others.
Why is broadband not a public utility?
First, it is a competitive service, not a natural monopoly service.
A public utility presumes "natural monopoly" economics where economies of scale and scope preclude the possibility of competitive facilities/services.
Second, users have choice of access providers.
Will National Broadband Plan Address Cybersecurity? Part XVI : Open Internet's Growing Security ProblemSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-08-18 12:35
The lead WSJ story today, "Arrest in Epic Cyber Swindle" covering the cybercrime ring theft of over 130 million credit/debit cards, is a stark high-profile reminder of the very real and pervasive Internet problem of lack of cybersecurity.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-08-18 14:30
Kudos to Link Hoewing's insightful post on "The Internet's Evolution and Network Management" on Verizon's Policy Blog.