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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:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-03-28 11:18
The latest research data from CTIA has some eyepopping big numbers on how much U.S. wireless providers are investing in wireless and broadband wireless competitive facilities.
Those NN proponents who dismiss that broadband is a competitive market and only getting more so, continually ignore the overwhelming facts available.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-27 19:15
The Future of Music has created a supposed new "coalition" "Rock the Net" to promote net neutrality by banding together music groups who have been suckered into fearing that the Internet will somehow be taken away from them -- without net neutrality legislation.
This is not about policy or legislation.
This is a cheap publicity stunt.
"Rock the net" is basically a bad "lip synching performance" by music groups singing liberal Moveon.org's pre-canned song.
"Lip synching" is the perfect metaphor for the supposed net neutrality grass roots "movement" overall.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-27 18:16
Google-YouTube like to spin that the billion-dollar copyright law suit from Viacom and the new online venture by NBC-Newscorp is just about "negotiating."
What's really going on is Google-YouTube is trying to disintermediate all video content and network companies.
Make no mistake. Google already has built the largest "audience" of any "network" in the world -- ever.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-27 08:24
The most relevant part of the FCC launching a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) into the net neutality issue was FCC Bureau Chief Tom Navin testifying that no one has formally complained about blocking and no one has formally petitioned the FCC on the matter.
The FCC is launching an NOI to cut through the hysteria and misdirection and finally get the facts on the record.
While I don't think this bogus and completely unsubstantiated issue is even worthy of an NOI, I can understand why the FCC would want to launch an NOI to ensure that no one can say the FCC is not taking this issue seriously.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-03-26 16:32
An article in the Register on the first significant NN debate in the UK is a wonderful read.
It is always helpful to get the reaction of an outside perspective to cut to the quick of an issue.
I reccommend reading the whole article.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-03-26 10:48
The most important development for a free market Internet in the last several weeks was the FCC's 5-0 decision March 22nd to declare wireless broadband an unregulated information service.
Why is this a big deal?
Well done FCC! Great de-regulatory box out!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-16 17:47
Google made news recently by adopting new privacy measures, which puts a spotlight on a real big public policy disconnect.
What I find most interesting about Google and the subject of privacy, is the glaring incongruity of these facts:
Let me put that more simply:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-16 15:09
Only 40% of European Union homes have Internet access and only 16% have broadband, according to EC Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva who spoke yesterday at the Digital World Conference in Berlin.
NN proponents have tried to manufacture that there is a broadband crisis in the U.S. and that we are falling behind the rest of the world. It just isn't true.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-16 10:57
Google has no sense of when to keep their mouth shut, because their corporate arrogance and cluelessness appears boundless.
I could only shake my head at the headline in Comm Daily today prompted by a Google official speaking at a Washington conference.
Generally company's are more responsible and circumspect about bragging about their own company's ability to influence or "sway" and election. The U.S. Government takes Federal Election laws seriously and is attuned to ensuring the electoral process is not manipulated in any way.