Monthly Archives: October 2009

How FCC Regulation Would Change the Internet

The FCC’s claims that their proposed net neutrality regulations would just “preserve” the open Internet are simply not true. The facts are clear that the FCC’s proposed regulations would: Be a big change in FCC Internet policy; Implement big Internet policy changes without Congressional authorization;...
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Wireless investment already is “unleashed!”– FCC net neutrality regs would only leash it

The WSJ op-ed, “Net Neutrality: Spur to Entrepreneurship, an open network will unleash investment” is a dystopian and nonsensical assertion that it is Government that “unleashes” investment, when everyone’s common sense knows that Government regulation is all about putting leashes on businesses and investment! Competition...
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Google Voice’s Plea for Special FCC Treatment

Google responded to the FCC’s questions that effectively address whether or not Google Voice should be subject to the FCC’s proposed net neutrality regulations. In a nutshell, Google basically asserted that it is acceptable for a benevolent provider of free services like Google Claus to...
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“How did the commission come to acquire this power?”

“How did the commission come to acquire this power?” was the core question that Ronald H. Coase asked in a seminal paper he wrote about the FCC in 1959. Kudos to Jeff Eisenach and Adam Theirer for an outstanding must-read article in The American, “Coase...
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Read Richard Epstein’s Great Op-ed on Net Neutrality

I admire clarity of thought, and Richard Epstein’s Op-ed in the Financial Times, “Net Neutrality at the Crossroads,” represents some of the clearest thinking I have found on net neutrality. Please read it. Mr. Epstein does a great job of exposing the folly beneath the...
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DOJ’s Interest in Reviewing the Google-Twitter Agreement

What would be the DOJ’s interest in having a formal investigation/review of the Google-Twitter agreement? First, as I posted before, Twitter is a rare disruptive and potentially game-changing competitive platform to Google, like Netscape could have been to Microsoft. Simply, does the DOJ want competitors...
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Google plays with matches and starts a regulation fire

Like the child that plays with matches is surprised when the fire he started threatens to burn his own house, Google CEO Eric Schmidt shared his gulity conscience with the Washington Post last week — i.e. that the net neutrality regulation fire Google started and...
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Takeaways from FCC’s Proposed Open Internet Regs

The FCC’s proposed Open Internet regulations (NPRM) are sweeping and audacious. First, the FCC proposed rules are audaciously attempting to implement the introduced-but-never-passed Markey bill (HR 3458) entitled: the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009.” The purpose, premises, language, and core positions are nearly identical...
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Best way to preserve an Open Internet is to preserve pro-competition policies — press release on FCC

NetCompetition.org Comments on FCC Open Internet NPRM “The best way to preserve the open Internet is to preserve current pro-competition policy” WASHINGTON – In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed Open Internet NPRM today, NetCompetition.org Chairman Scott Cleland offered these comments for attribution: ·...
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