Monthly Archives: March 2011

FTC-Google Privacy Settlement Takeaways

The proposed FTC-Google privacy settlement of EPIC‘s privacy complaint has many important, surprising, and far-reaching implications. (FYI: FTC Release, FTC Complaint, proposed Consent Order, Rosch concurrence, Google statement.) I applaud the FTC for taking Google’s privacy misrepresentations and deceptions so seriously and look forward to the FTC rigorously enforcing this...
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AT&T – T-Mobile: Opponents Have Competition Double Standard

Why is there a selective political fixation on AT&T-T-Mobile’s ~43% combined market share when so many related markets are dramatically more concentrated, less competitive, or even monopolized? This blatant competition double standard originates from the political agenda of the FreePress/Silicon Valley net neutrality regulatory complex that...
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AT&T – T-Mobile: A Solution to Many Problems

Despite Sprint and Clearwire opposing the proposed AT&T-T-Mobile acquisition, expect the DOJ and FCC to approve it, because the DOJ appreciates the facts of vibrant wireless competition and because the FCC will come to appreciate how the transaction actually helps solve many of the FCC’s...
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FCC is Losing the Wireless Future

It will be surprising if the Republican FCC Commissioners and a bipartisan majority of Congress do not oppose the FCC’s unwarranted war on wireless competition policy. The FCC appears to be itching to start another political battle over competition policy with its upcoming fifteenth wireless...
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NetCompetition vs. FreePress Op-Eds in Network World

Network World hosts a techdebate: “Net Neutrality: Needed or Not?” with dueling op-eds from NetCompetition and FreePress. Click here for the op-eds. I argue for NetCompetition.org that: “net neutrality regulation is unnecessary, unjustified, unwarranted, unproductive, unwise, unpopular, and unlawful.” FreePress’ Chris Riley argues that: “Net...
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Hypocrisy = NY Times Net Neutrality Editorial

In a fit of hypocrisy and total lack of self awareness, the New York Times ran an editorial today that criticized the fairness and appropriateness of the very Internet business model, a “walled garden,” that the New York Times is adopting “very shortly” in order...
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Google’s ‘Algorithmic Hand’ Proves an Unstable Market Mechanism

Google’s biggest-ever reordering of its search results this past week to reward what Google believes is high quality content and punish low quality content, prompted a public epiphany this week that Google has the market power to effectively pick winners and losers in the online...
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FCC on Retrans: Will it Miss the Forest for the Trees?

It will be telling to see if the FCC’s proposed rule making Thursday on retransmission consent addresses the glaring issue of why prices ONLY go up in this obviously dysfunctional regulated, and out-of-date retrans marketplace, because the FCC’s rules have never been updated to reflect...
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FCC Out-Europes Europe on Net Neutrality — Why?

“The Net Neutrality Debate in Europe is Over” per an excellent commentary by Ben Rooney in WSJ TechEurope. Mr. Rooney chronicles the evolving public position of EU Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes from an original pro net neutrality regulation mindset, to now the opposite — a...
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