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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-01-04 12:29
The latest whistleblower of Google anti-competitive behavior, Adam Raff of Foundem, wrote an excellent op-ed in the New York Times last week that should not be missed, and that explained why Google is a much greater threat to an open Internet than anyone else. (To learn more about Google's monopoly bullying of Foundem, see "Foundem's Google Story" at www.searchneutrality.org.)
What's also troublesome here is the reflexive bullying and impugning of the credibility of the victim by Google apologists, that apparently assume that if Google did something to Foundem, Foundem must have deserved it... because the Google apologists assume Google's search algorithm and business can do no wrong (even though they, nor any independent third party, has ever reviewed or audited Google's search algorithm or quality score for neutrality or anti-competitiveness.)
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-01-04 18:16
FreePress, which philosophically opposes competition policy, effectively is mocking antitrust law and authorities by cynically feigning to care about antitrust and competition in calling for an antitrust investigation of "TV Everywhere" efforts to enable authenticated paying video customers the additional convenience of accessing their paid-for content on any device at no extra cost.
In their own words, FreePress is anti-competition, anti-property, and anti-business.
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 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 22:04
Only Google would think it was a good idea to have a Director of Security for Google Apps, Eran Feigenbaum, who is also a professional magician/mentalist. A ValleyWag post first spotlighted this frightening irony/bad joke.
Let's review what a magician and mentalist does:
Security is very serious business. Given that Google arguably has collected and stored more recent private information... on more people without their meaningful permission... than any entity in the world... one would think that Google would treat security as very serious business too.
People want real security, not the illusion of security. Security is deadly serious; its not for show.
What is most disturbing about Google's judgment here is that this is not an isolated issue undermining confidence in Google's committment to security; see the other parts of the series on "Why Security is Google's Achilles Heel," to learn how this is part of a broader disturbing pattern of Google not taking security seriously.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-01-06 23:39
News reports that the DOJ, and not the FTC, will conduct the antitrust review of the Comcast-NBCU deal is a very good development for the companies.
First, DOJ's filing to the FCC on the National Broadband Plan just this week showed that the DOJ clearly understands that the cable industry is competitive and that DBS competition has improved innovation, content choice, and customer service in the market, and that telecom competitive entry has provided pricing pressure to the cable market as well. (See pages 15 & 16 of the DOJ filing.)
Second, that same DOJ filing shows that DOJ rejects the radical thinking of FreePress that competition must be commodity-like to be competition and that pricing should be based on incremental costs. If the DOJ does not agree with FreePress' approach to analyzing competition in the National Broadband Plan they are unlikely to agree with FreePress' approach to analyzing competition in this Comcast-NBCU merger review. Simply, DOJ does not analyze competition and antitrust like FreePress does. DOJ is professional and driven by the facts and the law -- not politics.
Third, the DOJ merger review process, because it is overseen by a single antitrust enforcer/prosecutor and not a commission with additional consumer protection responsibilities, is a much harder process for FreePress to politically influence/manipulate than the FTC.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-01-08 12:44
Google unwisely chose to trumpet Apple's purchase of Quattro as evidence that the mobile advertising market is competitive -- and by implication that the Google acquisition of Admob therefore should be approved.
First, the FTC surely remembers that Google CEO Eric Schmidt indignantly said only last year that Google and Apple were not competitors, so there was no reason for Mr. Schmidt to have to step down from Apple's board, despite an FTC antitrust investigation into potentially illegal Google-Apple inter-lockiing directorates.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2010-01-10 16:05
Facebook's about face on its respect for the privacy of its users is the latest evidence that there is indeed a "publicacy" movement/schoolof-thought that does not believe in user privacy because it stands in the way of their business, technology, or political model/agenda.
Mr. Kirkpatrick is dead on to spotlight that Facebook is claiming that users have changed their views on privacy when the reality is that Facebook wants/needs users to change their core views on privacy so that Facebook can morph its business model.
Facebook is unwisely chumming the privacy waters just as Congress is seriously considering bipartisan privacy legislation that would empower consumers to decide more for themselves whether they want to protect or exploit their own privacy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-01-12 10:29
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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 Tue, 2010-01-12 18:59
As the first expert witness to testify before Congress on what went wrong with Enron, the worst U.S. fraud/bankruptcy ever at that time, Google's announcement that it has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for "blanket authorization... to make sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary services," and for "certain exemptions" from reporting and accountability... is eerily reminiscent of Enron Broadband's disastrous efforts to bring swash-buckling, gee-whiz technology to the energy futures market over a decade ago.
What's different between Enron and Google is that Enron was an energy company that entered into the tech and energy auction businesses, whereas Google is a tech and ad-auction business entering the energy business.
Deja Vu: What's eerily similar?