Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-10 12:03
Watch out when Big Government advocates call for a "national" anything!
A "national broadband plan" is a codeword for a 1970's-style government "industrial policy" where the government decides what technologies consumers get and which companies will succeed of fail.
My first big problem with this "national" thinking is that there is no national broadband problem.
My second big problem is Senator Rockefeller's call for a new "national" goal of 10Mbps broadband by 2010 and 100 Mbps by 2015.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-10 10:34
USA Today reported today that "Google accounted for 65.3% of all U.S. online searches for the four weeks ended April 28, up from 58.6% in April 2006, according to web tracker Hitwise."
To be fair, Hitwise has Google a little higher than ComScore or Neilsen NetRatings in absolute terms, but all three consistently record the same inexorable fact: Google is increasing its dominance of Internet search.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-05-09 11:44
Kudos to Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute on his excellent paper on: "Net Neutrality and the Effects on Consumers."
Steve's clear, insightful, and easy-to-read paper explains how net neutrality would harm consumers by:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-08 17:39
If you care about the reality of American competitiveness and innovation be sure to check out the recent Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global digital rankings.
What's most interesting, is that this objective ranking by the respected Economist, does not show the negative broadband outlook or assessment of the US that the OECD ranking does.
So why is this EIU report important?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-05-07 12:30
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-05-07 10:34
eGoogle-YouTube was sued yet again for rampant copyright infringement in U.S. District Court in New York.
Plaintiffs, including the English Football Association Premier League and others said in their court filing that Google-YouTube is "pursuing a deliberate strategy of engaging in, permitting, encouraging, and facilitating massive copyright infringement" in order to increase the value of Google by generating more traffic which it could monetize without having to pay for.
Why is this British suit particularly interesting? Remember the fact that Google already has 75% share of the search market in the UK?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-05-04 17:45
I always take time to read interviews with CEOs because I always learn something.
What did he say that was relevant to the Google-DoubleClick?
First, he made the case why the Google-DoubleClick merger is a big deal:
In response to a question about being third in search -- Ballmer said:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-05-04 15:13
I just got around to reading the WSJ small business insert section from April 30, and to my surprise what do I find?
In the WSJ section cover story: "In search of traffic" by Kelly Spors, she notes this in her third paragraph:
Very interesting that search is not neutral. It favors big companies!
If Google is the dominant search engine and the main Internet access technology for upwards of a half billion Internet users, and Google itself is not net neutral -- how is that setting a good example for the broadband companies Google demands should be net neutral?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-03 17:08
It is always a joy to read clear thinking rigorous analysis. I have known and respected Marius Schwartz's mind and work for several years, and I am delighted that he brought the heft of his intellect and DOJ experience to the question of "wireless net neutrality" in his white paper:
For anyone who cares about the merits or substance of net neutrality as a proposed public policy, it would be hard to find a better debunking of Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu's sophomoric and vacuous work on wireless net neutrality than Marius'.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-03 10:33
The WSJ yesterday had an illuminating interview with David Rosenblatt CEO of DoubleClick about its acquisition by Google.
Mr. Rosenblatt engaged in some pretty effective "spin" so I thought it would be helpful to shine a brighter light on some of his pat answers that were... how should I say it... less than forthcoming.
In response to a question about whether he could reassure web publishers that Google did not have too much market power, he said: "Google shares revenues with publishers so it makes sense that their interests are pretty much aligned."