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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 Tue, 2009-12-01 19:10
Add StudioBriefing.net to the list of companies like TradeComet and Foundem that have been snuffed out by Google's arbitrary exercise of its search advertising monopoly power to pick what Internet content lives or dies.
In an 11-28-09 letter to its readers, StudioBriefing.net, the blog arm of "the longest-running entertainment-industry publication on the Web," had "no alternative but to shut down" because Google arbitrarily removed them from their Internet search results and from running Adwords advertising.
Read StudioBriefing.net's letter and the similar complaints by TradeComet and Foundem, to appreciate Google's monopoly power, arbitrary exercise of it, and its power to literally snuff out Internet content companies that do not comply with Google's opaque edicts.
Isn't what Google has done to Studio-Briefing.net, TradeComet and Foundem, exactly the type of non-neutral anti-competitive behavior that Google claims to oppose in its vocal support of net neutrality legislation/regulation for their competitors?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-12-02 15:57
Google is a munificent Internet ruler to allow a "handful" of "clueful" people to work outside of Google.
IDG reports in the article "Google resists in hiring some industry stars" that:
The clueless Goobris implications here are that:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-12-02 18:54
Craig Newmark of Craigslist, a leading net neutrality proponent, posted another strong support of net neutrality on Huffington Post where he shared Consumer Reports definition of net neutrality.
In another tech elite case of "Do as I say, not as I do," it is particularly ironic that Mr. Newmark is publicly championing how important it is for dominant players to not block traffic on the Internet, at the same time, Craigslist, the most dominant online classified ad site in the U.S., is blatantly blocking a new mashup called Flippity and "every single project built on Yahoo Pipes," per TechCrunch's post yesterday:
Why is the FCC changing its current consensus net neutrality principle #4 that consumers are entitled to competition among service providers, application providers and content providers, to a non-consensus principle in the FCC's Open Internet proposed regulations that consumers are no longer entitled to applications or content competition online?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2009-12-03 13:10
The reality of vibrant competition in every segment of the proposed Comcast-NBCU joint venture, combined with the companies' proactive public interest commitments, will pave the way for ultimate Government approval of this deal.
Vociferous anti-business opponents like FreePress have preemptively kicked up a lot of dust about this proposed deal, but when FreePress' initial contrived dust cloud settles -- the reality of competitive facts will ultimately drive the process.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-12-04 10:54
This is a big deal. Google is essentially saying it can do a better faster job for the Internet than the current ICANN can. Listen to ICANN's self description:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2009-12-05 12:06
Please don't miss Steve Forbes outstanding clarity of thought on net neutrality in his op-ed: "net neutrality rules would dilute the concept of ownership on the Internet."
Mr. Forbes gets to the crux of the problem with the FCC's proposed open Internet regulations, that they are very anti-property and a hidden form of "price controls."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2009-12-05 12:56
Google's mission to organize the world's information also increasingly makes Google the World's self-appointed Supreme Information Authority. When politics, facts, science, whatever... are in dispute... Google's engineers and secret algorithms will provide the world with the answer, the "truth."
Who needs a society of Cartographers when there literally is:
The big implication of all this is why will there need to be any non-Google input into how the world's information is organized when Google's all-knowing engineering elite can much more efficiently decide for us all?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2009-12-06 17:49
For those interested in learning more about the net neutrality policy differences between the broadband sector and the applications sector, tune into my first debate with Mr. Markham Erickson, the Executive Director of the Open Internet Coalition, on the C-Span show "The Communicators" which first ran on 12-5-09 at 6:30 EST and will re-air on 12-7-09 at 8am and 8pm EST.
It is instructive to see the very wide gulf between us on what the FCC open Internet regulations would do.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-12-07 10:34
I am participating in a four-person debate today at noon sponsored by the Federalist Society on: "Is Google Monopolizing Something and if so what?" at the National Press Club in D.C. for anyone interested in attending.
I am looking forward to having the opportunity to directly debate a Google representative for the first time on all the Google anti-competitive issues I have written about in my Googleopoly I, II, III, IV, white papers, which can be found at www.googleopoly.net.