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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-12-07 17:14
Federalist Society Forum:
“Is Google Monopolizing Something and If So What?”
National Press Club, Washington D.C., December 7, 2009
Remarks of Scott Cleland, President of Precursor LLC
Why Google is a Monopoly -- Presenting the Case before the Federalist Society
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-12-09 12:52
In a new development highly pertinent to the FCC's proposed open Internet regulations, the Guardian reports that: "BT and Google in talks over creating video delivery network for ISPs; BT Wholesale developing Content Connect to deliver online video stored on an ISP's network rather than the internet."
Let me be clear, it makes perfect sense and it is legitimate for content/application companies and ISPs to innovate to ensure quality of service both for the content/application provider and other users.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-12-09 22:27
I strongly recommend Barbara Esbin's excellent PFF white paper that systematically debunks many of the core assertions of net neutrality proponents.
Barbara's clarity of thought, and her reasonable and well documented analysis proves that so many assertions of supposed "fact" made by net neutrality proponents simply can not withstand close scrutiny.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2009-12-10 12:36
This is a remarkably ill-advised admission when Google is:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-12-11 13:08
The foundation of American Democracy for over 200 years has been respect for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. The advent of the mainstream Internet in the 1990's created a new and exceptional medium for free expression, much as telephone, radio, movies, TV, faxes, dial-up, email, texting, etc. have created new technological mediums for free expression.
Current justifications for new net neutrality regulations to implement a "21st Century First Amendment" via three votes by un-elected FCC commissioners as net neutrality proponents like Marvin Ammori advocate, could not be a more radical assault on America's real institutions of democracy.
If net neutrality supporters really cared about advancing American Constitutional Democracy, they would respect that the U.S. Constitution is designed to prevent Government tyranny of the people by creating powerful institutional checks and balances, a Bill of Rights, and definitive processes to change laws or amend the Constitution.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-12-14 13:54
Recent revelations indicate that the seriousness of the FTC's antitrust investigation of Google's proposed acquisition of AdMob will be ramping up.
Only eight months ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed Google and Apple were not "primary competitors" when a shareholder asked Mr. Schmidt to step down from Apple's board, because of an FTC antitrust investigation of Google for engaging in anti-competitive interlocking directorates per an AP story.
While everyone is distracted by the front-page news of Google launching its own Google-manufactured smartphone called Nexus One, what I find most interesting is that Google outbid Apple for AdMob by paying an exceptionally-high "multiple of up to ~16.7 times sales, the sort of price rarely seen in takeover deals since the heady days of the dot-com boom" per Reuters reports.
The Wall Street Journal also reported some very interesting new information/insights relevant to the FTC's Google-AdMob investigation:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-12-15 09:57
Kudos to Randy May of the Free State Foundation for his outstanding op-ed in the Washington Times today: "Voiding the Constitution: FCC rules could counter free speech."
At core net neutrality proponents are trying to advance the preposterous notion that competitive broadband companies, the biggest enablers of free speech in the country, are somehow more of a threat to Americans' free speech than the Federal Government, which, unlike broadband companies, has extensive potential coercive power to limit free speech, if not for the constraint of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-12-16 17:23
Googleopoly V* -- Why the FTC Should Block Google-AdMob
The Top Ten Reasons Why Google-AdMob Would “Substantially Lessen Competition”
By Scott Cleland,** President, Precursor LLC
December 16, 2009
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-12-18 12:00
Since the EU-Microsoft settlement now will allow users to select an Internet browser from Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Apple, and Opera among others, the next relevant competitive issue with browsers is if the browsers themselvesa are operating clandestinely in an anti-competitive or closed way.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-12-18 15:03
The following list of strategically important Google acquisitions belies the conventional wisdom that Google's scale and scope have been grown organically and as a result of Google in-house innovation.