Monthly Archives: February 2011

Google’s Search Rankings Exposed as Subjective

Media and antitrust scrutiny of Google’s public representations — that its search rankings are unbiased and objective — will increase greatly for two reasons: First, Google’s search dominance does make Google the Internet’s content “kingmaker” and it does empower Google to de facto pick winners...
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Privacy Will Burst Bubble 2.0

Expect privacy concerns to be the eventual catalyst that ultimately bursts the Internet investment Bubble 2.0. It is rare when there is a profound disconnect and suspension of reality between industry behavior/investment expectations and customer wants, needs and expectations, but that is precisely what is...
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Net Neutrality Update: Level 3, “revolution,” & Supreme Court

There were lots of important net neutrality developments worthy of comment this week: Level 3’s regulatory opportunism failed; There were threats of “revolution” if the FCC Open Internet order is overturned; and The FCC’s claimed support at the Supreme Court. First, I would like to...
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Mobile Content: Google’s Commons vs. Apple’s Market

Mobile content producers do not have a truly competitive choice between Google’s 10% fee One Pass service and Apple’s 30% fee subscription service, as much as they have a value system choice between Google’s Internet commons model and Apple’s property-rights-driven market. Google’s One Pass offering...
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5 Questions for the FCC on Net Neutrality

Here are five questions that would be helpful to have the FCC answer concerning net neutrality. If the purpose of current telecom law is “to promote competition and reduce regulation,” why does the FCC’s Open Internet order do the opposite and promote regulation and reduce...
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5 Questions for the FCC on Net Neutrality

Here are five questions that would be helpful to have the FCC answer concerning Net Neutrality. If the purpose of current telecom law is “to promote competition and reduce regulation,” why does the FCC’s Open Internet order do the opposite and promote regulation and reduce...
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Google: “Thinking big with a gig” or “Doing small at a crawl?”

It has now been over a year since Google promised with great fanfare that it would “make a meaningful contribution to the shared goal of delivering faster and better Internet for everyone” by offering “ultra-high-speed broadband networks… with 1 gigabit per second fiber-to-the-home connections… at...
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Will the FCC Lose the Future?

Do the actions of the FCC match the FCC’s words of support for the President’s commitment to the “least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends?” Does the FCC truly agree with the President’s State of the Union that: “We can’t win the future with a...
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