Monthly Archives: April 2009

“Uneconomics 101” as Taught by FreePress

Uneconomics appears to be a new economic school-of-thought struggling for some credibility in Washington. FreePress, the well-known leading proponent for mandated net neutrality regulation, also appears to be the lead proponent of uneconomic thought — as outlined in their recent letter to the House Energy...
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New Circular Logic Doesn’t Justify Wireless Net Neutrality

There is a new circular logic argument being offered that in effect takes fast rural deployment of broadband hostage to the net neutrality movement’s latest demands for net neutrality to be put above all other broadband or Internet goals. A post by Stacey Higginbotham of...
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Implications of Skype’s IPO for eBay-Skype & Wireless Net Neutrality

Given that eBay’s announced spin-off/IPO of Skype in 2010 is a material market event, this high-profile IPO represents a potentially tectonic development in eBay-Skype’s (and FreePress‘) push for wireless net neutrality/Carterfone regulations and applying the FCC’s broadband principles to wireless providers for the first time. There are much broader implications of this...
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FreePress Concedes Broadband Is Not A Duopoly

FreePress in petitioning the FCC to apply its Broadband Principles to wireless (because they currently do not apply to wireless) effectively has conceded that broadband is not the duopoly market they have long alleged, but is a competitive marketplace. This is a fundamental concession of...
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Lessons from Sweden’s Illegal File-Sharing Crackdown

Wow. Daily Internet traffic in Sweden immediately fell more than 40% after a new Swedish law went into force cracking down on illegal file-sharing. The new law obligates ISPs to to report the IP-addresses of suspected copyright violators to copyright owners. Per an AP story:...
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Skype’s Anti-competitive Uneconomics

There are two primary problems with eBay-Skype’s attempt to get the Government to force competitive wireless providers to carry Skype’s free communications app under the guise of wireless net neutrality and Internet openness; first, it is wildly uneconomic, and second, it is anti-competitive. The issue...
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