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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-09-06 11:58
Netflix' continues to exhibit serious difficulties grasping basic economics, competition and value.
First, Netflix is lowering its value to customers.
Second, Netflix is shifting its costs to its customers.
Third, Netflix is chasing away the premium content its subscribers demand.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-03-14 16:35
It will be surprising if the Republican FCC Commissioners and a bipartisan majority of Congress do not oppose the FCC's unwarranted war on wireless competition policy.
The linchpin of the FCC's de-competition policy to restore the FCC to its pre-1996 monopoly regulation glory days, and to put the FCC in more control of the communications sector going forward, is to politically define away the existence of "effective competition," in order to justify FCC regulation of the mobile Internet.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-01-26 11:51
It is stunning that Google's decision to side with Julian Assange's Wikileaks and make all the stolen secret, private and proprietary Wikileaks information universally accessible to the world via Google search, has gotten virtually no media attention, given the:
When Google's Acting CEO Eric Schmidt told the DLD media conference in Munich (as reported by Reuters):
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-12-13 12:11
As the FreePress-led letter to the FCC made clear on Friday: "Paid prioritization is the antithesis of openness. Any framework that does not prohibit such economic discrimination arrangements is not real net neutrality."
What is "paid prioritization?"
Remember FreePress' last Uneconomics 101 lesson was that "above-cost pricing" was an "unfair business practice."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-12-06 19:19
Julian Assange's likely-criminal dissemination of many nations' secret national security information via Wikileaks -- in posting secret, proprietary, and private information that clearly endangers lives, diplomacy and peace -- has exposed one of the darkest sides of the broad open Internet movement, which pushes radical transparency, and general disrespect for secrets, confidentiality, privacy, and intellectual property -- to varying degrees.
It ironic that the Open Internet Coalition is lobbying the FCC hard now to have the Government force Title II telecom utility regulation on private competitive broadband companies in the name of "openness" -- when there is no identifiable or proven problem to solve.
It is especially ironic that leading corporate proponents of the Open Internet Coalition have been so slow to condemn the obvious harm and criminality of Assange's destructive "open" Wikileaks, but are so quick to condemn competitive broadband companies for not being "open" enough -- when the coalition's definition of "open" is fluid, and when the coalition has no evidence that broadband providers are not being "open."
If it is now so clear that Assange's Wikileaks are a serious problem, why did it take three massive wikileaks over a period of several months for Open Internet member:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-06-17 14:06
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June, 17 2010
Contact: Scott Cleland
“FCC Regulating the Internet like a Phone Company Would Enthrone “Ma Google”
“FCC’s Broadband De-competition Policy Would Accelerate Google-opolization of the Net”
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-04-16 15:04
The FCC would be making a long-shot bet-the-farm gamble, if it decided to mandate the broadband public option i.e. deeming broadband to be a common-carrier-regulated service and regulating the Internet essentially for the first time.
I. Lose in Court:
It is a given that the FCC would be sued; and it is very likely that the Appeals Court and/or the Supreme Court would overturn any FCC unilateral assertion of authority to deem broadband a common carrier service.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-04-01 20:10
FTC antitrust concerns over "inter-locking-directorates" reportedly have forced Kleiner-Perkins' John Doerr, to step down from Amazon's board, because he is also on the board of Amazon, a major book and cloud-computing competitor of Google -- per Miguel Helft's and Brad Stone's scoop at the New York Times Bits post.
This is the third (Amazon, Apple, Yahoo) too-cozy-for-antitrust-authorities, Keiretsu-like, Google business relationship that either the DOJ or FTC apparently have broken up.
Three different interventions by antitrust authorities involving Google's ties with three different Fortune 500 companies in eighteen months constitutes a pattern and underscores the depth and breadth of antitrust concerns that U.S. antitrust authorities have about Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-30 17:19
Like the FCC’s National Broadband Plan task force identified seven critical gaps in the path to the future of universal broadband, the FCC should resolve six identified “critical gaps” in the FCC’s proposed Open Internet regulations before moving forward to regulate the Internet for the first time -- by dictating Internet access pricing, terms and conditions or dictating what services which businesses can and cannot offer on the Internet.
Credibility Gap: The FCC isn’t "preserving," but changing the Internet by regulating it for the first time.
eBay: "there will be only one winner in online payments;" FCC's Open Internet regs are catnip for netopoliesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-11-03 13:30
Like Google, eBay knows that "openness" is industrial-policy-speak for:
The netopolists must be giddy at how they now have the full power of the FCC focused on permanently locking in their market dominance going forward.