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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-10-09 18:43
Reuters reports that Twitter is in talks with Google and Microsoft about "licensing its data feed to the companies search engines."
If a Google-Twitter agreement materializes, surely the DOJ will want to review any proposed Google-Twitter agreement for antitrust issues.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-10-12 11:52
Please read Tom Donlan's great Barrons editorial against the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules entitled "A Rule Too Far."
"Unfortunately, the agency is anticipating imaginary problems. Genachowski should ask three questions:
"...Their simple answer could be to charge the content providers for expedited service, and charge more to those who burden scarce bandwidth in the last mile.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-10-13 17:00
I produced a new, brief, and different op-ed against the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules that ran in BigGovernment.com today, that employs a new "delivery" metaphor that I believe most people will easily grasp and find compelling.
Why force the private Internet to be as inefficient as the old public post office? For the first time, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to regulate how private companies can deliver the quadrillions of broadband Internet packets that are sent over the Internet every day.
Americans know from experience that private companies competing for customers deliver better service than Government. Who thinks the Government can do a better job than private companies in designing, building, and managing broadband Internet networks? Who thinks the Government can run the Internet better, faster, cheaper, and more innovatively than private networks do now?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-10-13 19:24
If the FCC's proposed Open Internet regulations turn out to be "fair" and "fact-based" as promised, the FCC won't be able to gerrymander a "network" definition that allows Google, -- the world's largest and fastest-growing Internet network per Arbor Networks' new study -- to escape from new FCC net neutrality regulation.
The facts that Google should be subject to any "fair" network neutrality regulations are overwhelming.
First, according to a just-announced Arbor Networks study, the single "largest study of global Internet traffic since the start of the commercial Internet," (involving the top 100+ ISPs, including Google)...
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-10-14 11:47
If WSJ reports are correct about the FCC's new proposed net neutrality rules, they are not at all about "preserving" the status quo, but actually would represent a radical change from longstanding law, policy and precedent.
If this description is true, the proposed regulations would not be status quo at all because they would:
If the FCC's rules emerge as reported, this is not at all about "preserving" anything, its about radically changing an Internet ecosystem that currently works and serves consumers exceptionally well.
Google Buying Akamai? GooglesNet Replacing Internet? A closed dark fiber shadow of an Open Internet?Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2009-10-15 11:08
The much under-appreciated trend is how rapidly much of the Internet is effectively being supplanted by "GooglesNet," given that Google's data-centers uniquely and constantly capture and store current copies of the Internet's roughly trillion web-pages. GooglesNet is not transparent and is increasingly becoming a closed dark fiber shadow of the "Open Internet."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-10-16 13:17
The most basic smart network innovation and obviously reasonable network management is already being chilled by the FCC's expected absolute ban on any Internet traffic prioritization.
Who thinks it is not "smart" or "reasonable" to prioritize time-sensitive traffic over non-time-sensitive traffic?
72 House Democrats' Letter Urges FCC "to avoid tentative conclusions which favor government regulation"Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-10-16 15:56
72 House Democrats wrote the FCC pushing back on the direction the FCC apparently is headed in its proposed Open Internet/net neutrality regulations to be voted on October 22nd. From the letter:
It was signed by the 72 House Democrats listed below:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-10-16 18:19
Pasted below is a copy of Google News listing from today that highlights only a very Google-friendly quote from Gigi Sohn in a slew of articles that are tough on Google's top public policy priority -- net neutrality.
I wonder what Google's explanation of this potential problem is... or if anyone at the FCC is interested in learning more about how Google programs its Google News algorithm...
Open Un-Neutrality – Will FCC Re-Distribute Internet Opportunity? For Consumers? Businesses? Investors?Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-10-19 10:46
In effectively reversing fifteen-year bipartisan U.S. communications policy from promoting competition and reducing regulation to promoting regulation and reducing competition, the FCC’s coming “Open Internet” regulations are anything but neutral; they pick sides and strongly skew outcomes.