Monthly Archives: May 2010

FCC Exceptionalism and Supremacy?

Often stepping back to gain perspective and to try and see the forest for the trees, can be highly instructive. However, if one steps back to see the big picture of how this FCC is attempting unilaterally to change U.S. Internet policy, the view is...
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Spiraling Privacy Scandals Becoming Googlegate?

Google’s long-time cavalier approach to privacy and security are catching up to the company as its latest wardriving privacy scandal, appears to be spiraling out of the control of Google’s legendary PR machine. First, the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent Google a tough investigative...
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Google’s Selective Accounting of its Economic Impact

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 25, 2010 Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407      Google’s U.S. Economic Impact Analysis is a Misleading Accounting Gimmick: “Google’s economic analysis includes all the benefits, but not all the costs”     WASHINGTON – Scott Cleland, Chairman of Netcompetition.org,...
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Congress tells FCC reclassification is above their paygrade

Seventy-four House Democrats and thirty-seven Senate Republicans wrote letters (here, here) to the FCC today that essentially told the FCC that their announced plans to deem broadband a common carrier service are over-reaching and out-of-bounds. In Washington-speak, the letters communicated that the FCC is trying...
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NetCompetition.org Press Release on FCC wireless report which advances FCC de-competition policy

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2010   Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407    Scott Cleland, Chairman NetCompetition.org, on FCC Wireless Report: “FCC advances its new de-competition policy in its new wireless assessment”  WASHINGTON – Scott Cleland, Chairman of Netcompetition.org, released the following statement regarding the...
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Google’s Wanton WarDriving Scandal: Fallout & Cover-up

Google’s wanton “wardriving,” i.e. detecting, accessing, and recording residential WiFi networks in 30 countries for over three years, was not simply a “mistake,” “inadvertent,” or an “accident” as the Google’s PR machine has spun it. The evidence to the contrary is overwhelming to anyone who...
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FCC’s Dysfunctional Retransmission Rules Harm Consumers

The FCC’s retransmission rules now perversely cause consumers to suffer unnecessary collateral damage in retransmission negotiations — the exact opposite outcome the FCC wants — in large part because the FCC’s retransmission rules have not kept pace with dramatic competitive and technology changes over the...
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Why FCC faces such skepticism on Title II assurances

There are many valid reasons why industry is highly skeptical of the FCC’s many rhetorical assurances that nothing bad will happen from the FCC’s planned regulation of broadband for the first time as a Title II common carrier service. First, in response to the Comcast...
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FCC’s Achilles Heel on Broadband Third Way Approach

The Achilles heel of the FCC’s announced “Third Way Legal Approach” for regulating the Internet is that it is simply not credible. Incredible claim #1: The third way “does not involve regulating the Internet.” At core the FCC is baldly attempting to redefine the Internet,...
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