Monthly Archives: June 2011

Net Neutrality Proponents are Hearing Footsteps

Four recent developments signal that net neutrality proponents of the FCC’s December Open Internet Order are hearing footsteps and looking over their shoulder, increasingly concerned about the ultimate legal and political survivability of the net neutrality regulations/order. First, professor Susan Crawford, one of the most...
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FCC Denies the Effective Wireless Competition Staring it in the Face — Internet Competition Series Part III

In another blow to its competition policy credibility and objectivity, the FCC’s 308 page, 15th Wireless Competition Report, amazingly reached no conclusion about whether the wireless market was effectively competitive, despite overwhelming evidence of effective competition throughout the report and a dearth of evidence in...
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FreePress McChesney’s Latest Collectivist Manifesto — Radical Fringe Series Part I

FreePress co-founder and collectivist ideologue, Robert McChesney, wrote his latest Internet manifesto: “The Internet’s Unholy Marriage to Capitalism,” in the Monthly Review – An Independent Socialist Magazine.” McChesney’s collectivist and elitist manifesto warrants attention because it is widely disseminated to: McChesney’s existing extensive FreePress spawn...
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A Critical FCC Reform Needed To Keep the FCC Current

One of the simplest and most important FCC reforms Congress could make would be to modernize and streamline the FCC competition report process to stay current with the Internet competition era. Simply, Congress should eliminate and consolidate all legacy analog technology-specific “silo” competition reports (e.g. reports...
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Google’s Rogue WiSpy Invasive Behavior Proliferates — Security is Google’s Achilles Heel — Part XIII

Evidence continues to mount that Google’s management and supervision of its Android operating system is out-of-control when it comes to protecting privacy and security. Google’s corporate ethos that it is better to “ask for forgiveness than permission” increasingly means Android has no privacy by design...
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Debunking FreePress’ Claim Verizon Violated Net Neutrality

FreePress’ latest trumped up net neutrality charge alleges in a complaint to the FCC that Verizon violated net neutrality in limiting access to third-party tethering applications on Google’s Android platform, (like other carriers have) — applications that effectively would enable Android users to bypass standard...
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FCC Wireless Competition Deniers Need an Open Mind to the Facts

If reports are true that the FCC is planning on claiming in its upcoming wireless competition report that the FCC cannot conclude that the U.S. wireless market is effectively competitive, then the FCC is neither “data-driven” as it claims, nor in touch with market reality....
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The FCC’s public wireless network blocks lawful Internet traffic

According to the FCC’s own hard-to-find disclosure, the FCC does not operate its own broadband “public use wireless ‘Hotspot’ network” according to the FCC’s Open Internet regulations that it mandated for most everyone else. Without this link to the policy, one would have to stumble upon...
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Rural Cellular’s Dilemma: Can’t Win the Future, Anchored to the Past

The Rural Cellular Association’s opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition puts a spotlight on the un-sustainability of the analog rural cellular model that is on the wrong side of broadband change. The clear but unspoken subtext of the RCA’s opposition is their recognition that their current...
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The Dangers of Over-Regulating Competition

As a regular reader of Steve Pearlstein’s Washington Post’s business column, I was dismayed at the consistent pro-regulation frame of Sunday’s piece on the AT&T-T-Mobile acquisition: “The Revenge of the Baby Bells.” The hallmark of longstanding bipartisan competition policy has been that if market players have...
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