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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-01 18:51
When the world's most powerful company gets a new CEO for the first time in a decade, everyone naturally has a lot of questions.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-04-04 16:26
On a technicality, the DC Court of Appeals ruled that Verizon's January appeal of the FCC's December Open Internet order was filed prematurely, meaning Verizon must wait for the FCC to officially post it in the Federal Register, before it can re-appeal.
While technically unsuccessful in accelerating their appeal, Verizon was very successful in establishing early how legally vulnerable the FCC decision will be on the merits, in whatever appeals court ultimately hear the case, (which still could be the DC Circuit where the FCC lost in Comcast vs. FCC, albeit with a different panel.)
Moreover, this technicality does nothing to change how politically controversial the FCC's Open Internet Order is.
Google's Deceptive "one click away" Antitrust Defense -- Part VIII Google Antitrust Pinocchio SeriesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-04-06 11:20
As reports swirl that the FTC and DOJ may be considering a formal antitrust investigation of Google, like the EU already launched in November 2010, Google continues its deceptive, one-dimensional, superficial, antitrust defense mantra that "competition is one click away," and that Google is only focused on users and innovation.
So how is Google's antitrust defense deceptive?
First, Google's stale four-year antitrust mantra that competition is but a click away and Google puts users first, is deceptive because Google knows full well that competition and antitrust involves much more than just users -- as they claim -- but an entire competitive ecosystem.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-08 10:59
Ironically after Google's Larry Page pledged in the first line of his 2004 IPO letter -- that "Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one." -- Google under his new CEO leadership is in fact rapidly becoming much more of a "conventional" company.
Three Big Early Signs from Mr. Page's CEO-ship:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-08 17:28
There are many major going-forward implications resulting from the DOJ's latest antitrust enforcement action against Google -- this time to mitigate the anti-competitive effects of the proposed Google-ITA transaction.
Summary of Implications:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-04-11 14:19
Google's ignominious Federal rap sheet only grows longer.
I. What does this mean?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-04-12 13:33
The House's rejection of the FCC's December Open Internet order 240-179 is just the latest in an ongoing high-profile accountability gauntlet for the FCC's unauthorized, unwarranted and unjustified net neutrality rules.
The Net Neutrality Accountability Gauntlet:
First, the President's January Executive Order, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review" to seek the "least burdensome" regulations, was a big post-mid-term election political pivot by the Administration to be more sensitive to business, economic growth and job creation concerns.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-04-14 12:35
Ironically Google's new "Copyright School" to better educate YouTube users of copyright law and responsibilities, slides Google down the slippery slope of tacitly admitting liability for copyright infringement in Viacom's billion dollar infringement suit against Google-YouTube. (See Politico's story.)
There are two big takeaways from Google's new "Copyright School."
First, Google continues to basically blame users for copyright infringement while absolving itself of mass facilitation of copyright infringement.
The big open question here is does Google have a "copyright school" for its YouTube engineers/employees and have any of them attended it?
Second, why didn't Google do this shortly after it bought YouTube over three years ago?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-15 18:40
Expect Google's bull-in-a-china-shop entry into social, to try and neutralize FaceBook, to bring lots more major unwanted privacy attention to the privacy-challenged social media business model, and to contribute to the eventual bursting of the Internet investment Bubble 2.0.
I. Privacy Baseline is on the Move: Bipartisan Interest in Privacy Protection Strengthening
Anyone following social media or Google would be remiss to not notice the flurry of recent bipartisan, bicameral, and bi-branch interest in increasing privacy protection of online users in just the last few weeks.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-04-19 14:41
Kudos to Randy May of the Free State Foundation for his outstanding must-read piece in the National Review Online: "Rolling Back Regulation at the FCC --How Congress Can Help Competition Flourish."
It is a very important reminder that Congress nearly unanimously set U.S. communications policy in 1996 "to promote competition and reduce regulation," in stark contrast to the FCC's Open Internet de-competition policy.
Randy is also dead right that the FCC looks backward to preserve its regulatory raison d'etre, rather than looking forward, obeying the law and trusting competition to drive consumer benefits.
We so need an FCC that genuinely encourages competition and lets consumers and the market choose market winners and losers, not the FCC.