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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-08-01 10:57
There are so many problems with the FCC's new 700 MHz auction rules that create a more regulated open access/net neutrality license -- its hard to know where to start.
Yesterday I highlighted the dirty little secret that there is very substantial risk that this will become known as the "do over auction" because it may not raise enough money to satisfy the rules and because the FCC likely overstepped its legal authority and will be overturned in court.
Let's raise another dirty little secret behind the new rules that will increase regulatory uncertainty for broadband deployment.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-08-01 14:31
I wanted to commend and spotlight a critically important and completely under-reported/under-appreciated part of the FCC Chairman's statement on the 700 MHz auction released yesterday:
This is very important, welcome, commendable, and strong affirmation of the FCC's broad deregulation policy -- that was completely lost in the gaggle of press coverage.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-08-01 19:04
For those following the FTC's Google-DoubleClick merger review (and whether my prediction in my Googleopoly.net white paper that the FTC will block this merger is on the mark), this link to an article called "Google's Killer App" is a current and real life case study of how Google anti-competitively forecloses competition in the markets adjacent to them.
This excellent case study article is by Brandt Dainow, a web analytics competitor to Google who has conceded that:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-08-02 09:27
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-08-02 18:26
The outrage over Google-Youtube's complicity in rampant content theft and piracy continues to spread around the world.
Let's focus on the corporate scofflaw pattern here: American, Japanese, and European content owners accross a wide swath of content industries are all outraged and suing Google for theft.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-08-03 15:48
It seems that our friends up North may also be concerned about the anti-competitive impact of the Google-Double-Click merger.
CIPPIC, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, is requesting that the Canadian authorities review the Google-Double-Click merger to determine if it is anti-competitive.
I've done a lot of work on the facts surrounding this merger case and am very confident that the more authorities learn about the facts of the case -- the more concerned and troubled they will get about the profound and broad implications this merger portends for the future of the Internet business model for accessing content.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-08-03 17:06
The article quoted "Google product manager" Susan Wojcicki, (who also just recently married Google co-founder Sergey Brin), candidly defining the online ad market to reporters.
During a meeting with reporters, IBD quoted Ms. Wojcicki saying:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-08-03 17:54
Note to readers: Precursorblog will be on summer hiatus returning August 20th.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-08-20 12:52
A couple of readers kindly pointed out that I made my own oops in my early August blog post: "Oops! Googleopolist's wife speaks out of school on pending merger."
I regret any confusion I created in mistaking that "Google product manager" Susan Wojcicki" was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin -- in fact she is the sister-in-law of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and also one of the earliest employees of Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-08-20 22:34
Liberal blogger Matt Stoller of OpenLeft has a post at Save the Internet that lamely tries to rewrite "the history of net neutrality" in his commentary about his interview with FCC Commisioner Michael Copps.