Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2006-11-06 19:01
When financial types describe Google's growth juggernaut they routinely say that 99% of Google's revenues come from search advertising. Remarkably they have turned search advertising from nothing 8 years ago to a roughly $10 billion a year business. Truly extraordinary. But how did they do it? Through economic discrimination, the highest bidder wins. Basic market forces.
So what's my point? Google's entire business model is based on discriminating against websites -- what they say net neutrality is needed to prevent.Ã‚
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2006-11-03 15:23
Please also make note of Chairman Martin's clever use of the word "neutrality" in his statement:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2006-11-03 13:25
Every now an then someone comes up with a new great analogy that really helps us get to the heart of a matter. Canadian Mark Goldberg's telecom trends blog really hit the nail on the head in this post.Ã‚
Let's go right to his analogy:
Before I worked at Videotron, I was in the food business Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we were a 'content producer' in the parlance of today's communications business. To reach our customers, we dealt with a distribution channel, in our case, grocery stores.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2006-11-02 17:55
Newsweek's article "Diller Weaves a Web" is a very clear example of the gross competition double standard that tech companies are pursuing in asking for aÃ‚ "non-discrimination" principle to only apply to competitiveÃ‚ broadband companiesÃ‚ but not to themselves.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have any trouble with IAC pursuing this business model.Ã‚ Ã‚ IÃ‚ am only needling IACÃ‚ for its bald, self-serving hypocrisy of seeking to get the government to protect them from potentially "discriminatory" competition so they can freelyÃ‚ "discriminate"Ã‚ against the little guy website that ItsOurNet claims to be supporting.
Let's look at an interesting quote from the Newsweek article:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2006-11-01 14:50
Something that Alan Davidson, head of Google's Washington office, said at our NVTC net neutrality debate yesterday has been troubling me. He said Google believed in "innovation without permission."
While "innovation without permission" may be a useful mantra in encouraging Google folks from not getting bureaucratic and to "think outside the box" -- it's very troubling because it seems it is their public policy too.
I guess it means Google doesn't need any property owners' permission to innovate.
What a buzz kill to have to ASK for permission to innovate. Doesn't everyone understand that Google is just "liberating" that property for the common good and just earning a little commission along the way for their altruism? What's the harm in that? They are not "doing evil" are they?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2006-10-31 18:16
I launched the debate this morning at the NVTC forum on Net Neutrality with the following comment: "Net neutrality is an online fundraising ploy masequerading as public policy." It certainly focusedÃ‚ the debate onÃ‚ the real reasonÃ‚ why this issue has become so big so quickly.Ã‚ I pointed out that on substance it was a bogus issue. No substantiated problem or consumer harm and that all the substantive assertions made byÃ‚ net neutrality proponents have proven false. When the substance was so weak andÃ‚ the threat only theoretical, there had to be more going on.
I focused on the dirty little secret that partially-motivated many net neutrality proponents --which is how super-productive it is for groups that want to raise money onlineÃ‚ to scareÃ‚ people that there are boogymen that want to takeÃ‚ the Internet away from them. Net neutrality has clearly become one of the most efficient ways to "shake the money tree." Ã‚
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2006-10-31 17:45
Attached is a link to Alfred Kahn's (of Airline deregulation fame) views on Net neutrality.Ã‚ Thanks to PFF for posting this gem.
It's a very relevant read because Mr. Kahn considers himself: "a good liberalÃ‚ Democrat." He is also one of the most respected figures on the subject of regulation and de-regulation regardless of party or political persuasion.
Here are a couple of good quotes:
If Noam's right that the future of Internet is telecom-like regulation -- everyone should be very afraidSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2006-10-30 14:07
Read Eli Noam's recent FT editorial "TV regulation will become telecom regulation", becuase if he is rightÃ‚ (and I don't think he is)Ã‚ you should beÃ‚ afraid for the future, very afraid.
I have always respected ProfessorÃ‚ Noam of the Columbia Business School even if I oftenÃ‚ don'tÃ‚ agree with him.Ã‚ He is a rare person who sees this complex space as a whole and has clarity of thought.Ã‚
His basic point is thatÃ‚ TV regulation will become to resemble telecomÃ‚ regulation more are and more. He concludes that "the present debate over net neutrality is a harbinger of more to come." Ã‚ Ã‚
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2006-10-30 12:07
I wanted to make sure folks did not miss a classic comment byÃ‚ a leading net neutrality proponent last week which shows their stubburn refusal to acknowledge the reality and "proof" of competition.
In Communications Daily last week in the lead article on the AT&T-Bell South merger was the following quote:
Until competition can be proven? Hello? Gigi you are obviously ignoring all the existing proof and playing the Washington game of "moving the goalposts."Ã‚
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2006-10-27 16:36
Robert Scoble of Naked Coversations fame (great book Robert! Thank you.) posted a very interesting 7 minute video of Google's Lobby on his widely readÃ‚ Scobleizer Blog:
After initial fascination like Scoble with reading realÃ‚ random searches as they were occurring, upon reflection I found it very troubling.Ã‚ Why itsÃ‚ interestingÃ‚ is exactly why its troubling.Ã‚ It's interesting because none of us in the public domain ever get to see what anyone else is searching for at a specific point in time, because that is potentially very personal/private search information -- which I thought until now --Ã‚ was supposed toÃ‚ be guardedÃ‚ asÃ‚ private information by Google.Ã‚
What's troubling is that if GoogleÃ‚ handles American's private information so cavalierly as to use itÃ‚ for perfomance art in public, what other private information are treating cavalierlyÃ‚ that we don't know about?Ã‚
Is anyone elseÃ‚ troubled that Google doesn't see anything wrong withÃ‚ "search peeping"Ã‚ or a public "search peep show?" What do privacy advocates think?