Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-07-02 12:58
A core purpose of NetCompetition.org is to promote a debate of Net neutrality regulation on the merits. SaveTheInternet.com had a recent blog post "Painting over broadband failures with pretty pictures" that prompted me to comment on their blog -- which I have included below:
"If SaveTheInternet followers are truly "open" to diverse points of view that may be different from theirs, I recommend that you consider the mounting evidence that the US is in fact not falling behind but is actually a unique success in promoting facilities-based broadband competition in the world. Please see this link for the four best alternative views on this question:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-06-29 14:54
Given the ongoing reporting of claims by net neutrality proponents that US broadband deployment is falling behind our international competitors (like the USA Today article in this link suggests), it is helpful to pull together some of the best analyses I have seen that debunk these claims by the OECD/CWA.
For those who care to more substantively review the facts, evidence and merits of this very important public policy question, I highly recommend reading the following four sources linked in this blog, which all effectively and differently debunk the claim the US is falling behind on broadband:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-06-28 12:11
The analysis exposes the Google-supported Frontline Wireless proposal for what it is... a "trust us" investment of effectively billions of dollars in forgone receipts due to the American taxpayer in a free market auction.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-06-27 16:23
I strongly recommend the FTC staff report on "Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy" to anyone wanting an objective, well-reasoned, fair, and comprehensive review of the facts and evidence of the net neutrality regulation debate.
I believe the most important sentence in the whole 170 page staff report, which covered an enormous and comprehensive public record on the subject, was on page 11 and again on page 160:
The FTC report can be further well summarized by the following four sentences found on pages 10, 11, 155 and 11 respectively:
In closing, I was very impressed with the FTC staff's knowledge, sophistication, and fair representation of both sides' views.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-06-27 11:08
At its core a spectrum auction is the quintessential type of competition. The auction law's purpose in 1993 was to use market forces, competition, to allocate the public's asset most appropriately, largely because previous FCC spectrum allocation processes were so ineffective, unfair and prone to serious abuse and graft.
This 700 MHz auction may be shaping up to be FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's legacy moment: will it be marked by promoting competition and market-based outcomes or will it be marked by standing on the auction scales to ensure the spectrum is "earmarked" to the predetermined, chosen "winner" -- in this case former Clinton-Gore FCC Chairman Reed Hundt's Frontline Wireless company.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-06-26 18:35
Net neutrality proponents continue to fabricate problems to manipulate public policy to promote government intervention and regulation over free markets.
Fortunately net neutrality proponents have failed miserably in their efforts to date.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-06-26 13:04
Thank you Tech Daily for flagging a silly blog by MyDD calling for an organizing an "online workers union... to look out for the political interests of online workers. These interests include net neutrality, intellectual property law like DMCA..."
You can see me shaking my head in disbelief now... an online workers union for net neutrality...
Let me highlight just a few of the silly aspects of this idea.
First, organizing bloggers into a union to promote net neutrality?
Second, social media technology already allows onliners to organize around what ever idea they want whenever they want. Its a free country and a free and open Internet. Why not create:
Third, MyDD's idea for organizing eBay sellers is sort of bizarre.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-06-26 10:58
Google's naivetÃ© and cluelessness on antitrust matters continues to amaze me. While Google has ramped up its Washington lobbying presence a ton of late, it is amusing that the company-at-large still does not have a lick of political savvy or common sense.
It is almost as if Google operates having an out-of-body experience, where their leaders think they can float sanctimoniously above the playing field and see everything perfectly, but no one can see them or what they are doing.
What do I mean? Let me put Google's antitrust and political behavior into context.
It is amazing to me that Google appears to be unaware and clueless that they have voluntarily walked into their own â€œantitrust cage" of the FTC review process for approving two of their deals, DoubleClick and FeedBurner.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-06-25 11:49
Learning that potential Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson loves blogging and understands the medium's growing and significant political influence, I encourage the emerging Thompson campaign to do a little homework on the Net neutrality issue so they are not blindsided and hoodwinked by this liberal Moveon.org issue masquerading in conservative "Internet freedom" rhetoric like fellow Republican candidate Mike Huckabee was a few weeks ago.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-06-25 10:59
There are a few important points to be made about Internet "competition" here.