Monthly Archives: December 2010

Here is the Text of FCC Open Internet Order

FYI: To read the actual text of the just-released FCC Open Internet Order approved December 21st — click here. Given the document is 194 pages (126 pages for the order and 68 pages in Commissioners’ statements), this Order is no “light touch.” There will certainly...
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FCC Defines Broadband Service as “BIAS”-ed

In our acronym-driven society, the FCC in its News Release on its Open Internet Order, does fairness and broadband providers a great disservice in creating a new definition for broadband service as “Broadband Internet Access Service” — or the acronym “BIAS.” Given that the FCC...
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FCC Open Internet Decision Take-aways

The FCC’s 3-2 vote on its Open Internet order produces several big takeaways, despite there being no actual order to review. Take-aways: First, the controversy over net neutrality isn’t going away; it is on path to get more controversial. The FCC signaled this was only...
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NetCompetition.org Statement on FCC Open Internet Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December, 21 2010   Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407   FCC Unilaterally Trying to Change the Internet from Competition-Driven to Regulation-Driven   WASHINGTON – Scott Cleland, Chairman of Netcompetition.org, released the following statement regarding the FCC’s December 21st Open Internet order. “The FCC’s...
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FCC Internet Price Regulation and Micro-Management?

If David Hatch’s National Journal “exclusive” report is accurate, that the FCC’s proposed Open Internet order is being changed to become much more regulatory in: “addressing concerns about wireless carriers, limiting Internet toll lanes, and adding protections for a new online pricing model” — the...
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Level 3 Seeks Title II Internet Reg Conditions on Comcast-NBCU

In requesting the FCC and DOJ condition the Comcast-NBCU merger with Title II telephone regulation of Comcast’s Internet backbone, Level 3 seeks to achieve through the back door of the FCC what they could not achieve through the front door. In a speech December 1st,...
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Will FCC Preserve or Change the Internet?

The crux of the FCC’s non-transparent proposed Open Internet Order will be whether it envisions: a very limited Internet enforcement role for the FCC, or an expansive economic regulation and Internet management role for the FCC. The “Waxman Compromise” envisioned a very limited, two-year, enforcement-only...
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The De-Competition Revolution

As an unapologetic proponent of competition over regulation, its disturbing to witness the de-facto de-competition revolution in Internet policy unfolding, where “net neutrality” and “openness” are overthrowing competition as both the central goal and primary means of implementing U.S. Internet policy. At core, the FCC’s...
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Paid Prioritization: The Demonization of Market Economics

Now we know what “real net neutrality” and “openness” are, and that they are the antithesis of free market economics or competition. As the FreePress-led letter to the FCC made clear on Friday: “Paid prioritization is the antithesis of openness. Any framework that does not...
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Sinking Level 3 Seeking FCC Internet Regulation Bailout

The extent to which Level 3’s business is underwater is the untold story behind Level 3’s regulatory “hail Mary” claim that its Internet peering dispute with Comcast is somehow a net neutrality violation. Apparently Level 3 has concluded that since it hasn’t found a straight-up...
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