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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-01-20 15:12
It is irresponsible for the FCC to consider self-creating new legal authority to impose net neutrality on ISPs by re-classifying currently unregulated information services as regulated telecom services (in the event that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the FCC does not have the legal authority to regulate the Internet in the FCC-Comcast case).
First, claims of justifying such a hyper-regulatory potential FCC reclassification based on "the pro-competitive 1996 Telecommunications Act" is upside-down logic, given that the well-known purpose of that act was "To reduce regulation and promote competition...". [bold added]
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-01-12 10:29
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Cleland
January 12, 2010
NetCompetition.org Submits Comments on FCC Open Internet NPRM
“Preserving, not reversing, competition policy, best preserves the open Internet.”
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-01-06 19:12
In a filing to the FCC on the National Broadband Plan, the DOJ Antitrust Division, the U.S Government's leading expert in assessing the state of competition in communications markets, implicitly rejected net neutrality proponents' core thesis of broadband market failure.
Let's review the DOJ's core broadband competitive conclusions, which are relevant to the alleged broadband market failure thesis and the FCC's open Internet proceeding.
First, DOJ implicitly rejected the assertion of net neutrality proponents that low adoption rates prove a lack of competition by explaining:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-01-05 12:30
Kudos to Pat Brogan of US Telecom for his first-of-a-kind analysis/ranking of how much different countries actually use the Internet per capita.
"U.S. Among Top Nations in Volume of IP Traffic per User, New Analysis Shows
WASHINGTON, D.C.—While the debate rages on about the merits and limitations of various international broadband rankings that attempt to examine network performance and other factors, USTelecom today released fresh insights into an often-overlooked aspect of the national broadband debate—actual usage by Internet consumers. The analysis, based on data from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index and Internet World Stats, shows that the United States is among the top nations in the world in volume of Internet consumption per online user.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-12-21 14:31
Kudos to Bret Swanson for his outstanding debunking of the approach and conclusions of the FCC's Berkman study on broadband policy lessons in his Real Clear Markets piece, "Harvard's Berkman Study Bungles Broadband."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-12-01 16:43
Kudos to the NCTA for putting the universal broadband focus where it should be -- on broadband adoption, and especially adoption where it can have immediate and maximum impact, i.e. helping "middle-school-aged children in low-income households that do not currently receive broadband service" have the "opportunity to become digital citizens of the 21st century."
The NCTA's innovative Adoption Plus initiative is an excellent example of voluntary public-private partnerships that can rapidly and effectively meet real public needs and forward the important goal of universal broadband for all Americans.
The most effective use of scarce resources is to focus on broadband adoption in the 90+% of America that already has broadband facilities available and on greenfield broadband deployment to the single digit percentage of American households that are currently unserved.
Such a common sense cooperative strategy can produce the most good for the most people fastest.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-30 17:19
Like the FCC’s National Broadband Plan task force identified seven critical gaps in the path to the future of universal broadband, the FCC should resolve six identified “critical gaps” in the FCC’s proposed Open Internet regulations before moving forward to regulate the Internet for the first time -- by dictating Internet access pricing, terms and conditions or dictating what services which businesses can and cannot offer on the Internet.
Credibility Gap: The FCC isn’t "preserving," but changing the Internet by regulating it for the first time.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2009-11-21 18:01
I commend The American Consumer Institute for their excellent new book of scholar essays, “The Consequences of Net Neutrality Regulations on Broadband Investment and Consumer Welfare.”
The net neutrality/open Internet debate needs more of this kind and quality of substantive professional analysis.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-16 22:32
The FCC's non-competitive-bid, sole source contract with the Harvard Berkman Center to "conduct an independent review of broadband studies to assist the FCC" with the National Broadband Plan -- appears to have been a near complete bust.
A summary of some of the critical flaws/errors of the Harvard Berkman study follow:
NTT-Japan commented that the Berkman study was "seriously in error." Specifically NTT said: "First, facilities based competition, not unbundling, has been the key to broadband growth in Japan." ... "Second, the report mistates the importance of 'government-subsidized loans' to the success of broadband deployment in Japan." ... "Third, the Berkman Center's draft study is internally contradictory."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-11-13 11:51
Google, flush with a $22 billion cash horde and generating a whopping ~$10 billion in annual free cash flow, was the only original funder of Clearwire not to provide new investment capital for Clearwire's broadband deployment expansion, in a $1.5b fund raise announced this week.
In these tough economic times and with much less cash on hand or free cash flow to invest, Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House, and Intel, all concluded it was indeed strategically important to continue to invest in accelerating broadband deployment to all Americans and increasing broadband competition.
Unfortunately, the hard-to-avoid conclusion here is that Google only invests in broadband when it has something specific to extract for Google's special benefit.