Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2014-08-06 17:24
The Daily Record reports that the Maryland Public Service Commission ruled that Uber is a common carrier subject to its regulatory jurisdiction.
The PSC stated: “[W]hen viewed in their totality, the undisputed facts and circumstances in this case make it clear that Uber is engaged in the public transportation of persons for hire. Thus, Uber is a common carrier and a public service company over whom the Commission has jurisdiction…”
In 60 days, PSC will draft “new regulations that protect the public interest,but also reflect the evolving nature of transportation services like Uber.”
Uber has threatened to leave the state if Uber is treated the same as their regulated taxi and transportation-for-hire competitors are under Maryland law.
Relevance to FCC Open Internet Order
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-08-04 11:18
Google-Android sacrifices users’ security, privacy and data protection to scale Android fastest so that Google can dominate mobile software and advertising.
This charge and analysis is timely and relevant because Reuters is reporting that European Commission competition authorities are “laying the groundwork for a case centered on whether Google abuses the 80 percent market share of its Android mobile operating system to promote services from maps to search.”
The purpose of this particular analysis is to help a user better understand how they are harmed by Google-Android’s disregard for data protection.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-07-31 21:55
It connects the dots of what two recent Supreme Court and three recent EU privacy decisions mean for individuals’ privacy in general and Google’s privacy liabilities in particular.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-07-24 16:12
If Silicon Valley folks are indeed the smartest of the smart, how could they be so easily fooled on net neutrality?
Normally smarts distinguish between what’s testable and real versus what is the pixie-dust of dreams.
So where’s the real data and sound scientific thinking behind Silicon Valley’s grandiose net neutrality presumptions?
Why isn’t Silicon Valley adhering to its own data-driven, scientific decision-making principles?
Summary of Silicon Valley’s 6 Biggest Net Neutrality Fantasies:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2014-07-16 19:01
The mounting evidence indicates the FTC is AWOL on Google.
Currently there are no less than six important Google enforcement issues that that the FTC should be investigating, but apparently is not.
In stark contrast, the EU has many serious problems with Google’s >90% dominance and its persistent disregard for Europe’s privacy, data protection and the right to be forgotten requirements.
An American Google enforcement vacuum stiffens the EU’s resolve and adds to the need and urgency for the EC to step in to preserve the rule of law in Europe.
An absentee FTC, which is largely ignoring consumer choice, also makes it harder for the U.S. to preserve the US-EU safe harbor for the handling of personal information in the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Post-Snowden, the US and EU are far apart on data protection, and a glaringly absentee FTC only exacerbates that divide.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-07-14 22:25
Please read my latest Daily Caller op-ed: “Google’s Right to Be Forgotten Hypocrisy.”
Whenever Google plays the victim you can bet they are hiding something. Don’t miss learning what it is.
It is Part 42 of my Google Disrespect for Privacy series.
Google's Disrespect for Privacy Series
Part 1: Why Google is the Biggest Threat to Americans' Privacy; House Testimony [7-18-08]
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2014-07-11 12:29
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2014
Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407
Broadband Reclassification is a Problem Pretending to be a Solution; & Un-supported by the Facts, Unjustified on the Merits, & Unwise Given FCC’s Record of Title II Failures
Networks Aren’t Free; Businesses Pay for Electricity, Water, Gas, Transport & Delivery
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2014-07-08 17:52
Dear European Commission Official,
Perversely the proposed EC-Google Settlement would restrict the next EC much more than it would restrict Google.
The special Google deal would handcuff EC President-Designate Juncker’s #1 priority “to create a digital single market for consumers and businesses” and “to break down national silos… in data protection… and in competition law.”
The deal would protect Google’s current de facto digital single market from significant new EC digital competition for five years, because the deal would require the EC to shut down its Google search investigation for a five-year period.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-07-07 22:41
Please see my latest Daily Caller op-ed: “Top 10 Failures of FCC Title II Utility Regulation.”
The FCC has had a failure-prone, seventy-year track record implementing Title II telephone regulation.
It is important to remember what the FCC did in the past with Title II authority, because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
It is Part 56 of my FCC Open Internet Series.
FCC Open Internet Order Series
Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]
Interconnection is Different for Internet than Railroads or Electricity – Part 55 FCC Open Internet Order SeriesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-06-26 15:38
Some things are way too important to let slip by uncontested.
The FCC has asserted a foundational regulatory premise that warrants rebuttal and disproving, given that the FCC is considering if Internet access, and Internet backbone peering, should be regulated like a utility under Title II telephone common carrier regulation.
In an important speech on Internet interconnection last month to the Progressive Policy Institute, the very able and experienced Ruth Milkman, Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Chief of Staff, asserted that “communications networks are no different” than railroad and electricity networks when it comes to interconnection. “… At bottom… the fact is that a network without connections and interconnections is one that simply doesn’t work. Disconnected networks do not serve the public interest.”