America’s Title II Protectionism Will Hurt Google & Silicon Valley in EU

Last November, President Obama effectively abandoned America’s longstanding free trade Internet policy established by President Clinton, in favor of a protectionist Internet industrial policy to benefit America’s national champions, Silicon Valley, under the guise of “net neutrality” policy.

Flipping U.S. Internet policy from global digital free trade to maximal national Internet regulation could end up hurting Silicon Valley the most, because they most benefit from, and depend on, the current free flow of information globally on the Internet.

Ironically, America also is forfeiting the digital free trade policy high ground by leading the world toward a “Splinternet” vision of more nationalistic maximal utility regulation of the Internet and its content.

In particular, it will be much harder for the U.S. to credibly object that the EU’s: creation of a European Digital Single Market (DSM), tightening of the EU-U.S. Data Protection Safe Harbor, and its aggressive enforcement of EU antitrust, privacy, and tax laws against Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, is protectionist, when America’s new FCC utility regulation of the Internet is a transparently protectionist American industrial policy to advantage America’s national champions in Silicon Valley. 

The FCC Is Not Neutral – My Daily Caller Op-ed

Please don’t miss my latest Daily Caller op-ed “The FCC Is Not Neutral.

  • It explains why the FCC’s partisan arbitrariness may be the downfall of its Title II net neutrality rules in court.

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FCC Open Internet Order Series

 

Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]

Why is Google Obstructing Justice in Mississippi? EC Pay Attention

Google’s recent bullying and intimidating behavior in Mississippi looks terrible and smells bad.

Consider for yourself if Google’s corporate behavior in Mississippi is how innocent people or a responsible corporation act, if they have: a clear conscience, done nothing wrong, or nothing to hide?

What is going on in Mississippi that warrants close outside attention?

Google has filed an highly-unusual, and hyper-aggressive lawsuit in federal court to try and quash a Mississippi Attorney General’s subpoena investigating Google’s alleged willful, continued, aiding and abetting of many criminal activities via advertising, given that it has found initial evidence to indicate that the criminal behavior that Google admitted to in a 2011 $500m DOJ Non-Prosecution Agreement may be continuing to this day.

FCC Internet Utility Regulation Is a Really Stupid Idea -- Daily Caller Op-ed

Please don’t miss my latest Daily Caller op-ed FCC Internet Utility Regulation Is a Really Stupid Idea

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FCC Open Internet Order Series

Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]

Part 2: Why FCC proposed net neutrality regs unconstitutional, NPR Online Op-ed [9-24-09]

Google’s FCC Title II Privacy Liability Nightmare

The FCC’s official confirmation that it will reclassify wireline and wireless broadband as Title II “telecommunications,” and that it also will apply Title II “Section 222: Privacy of Customer Information” has sweeping, under-appreciated, and negative implications for Google Inc.

Google will certainly be captured by the new privacy regulations. Given its core business model of monetizing users’ information without their meaningful permission, and given its industry-worst privacy record and rampant Android security problems protecting users’ private information, Google will own more serious Section 222 privacy liabilities than any FCC captured entity -- by far 

Cleland on NPR KQED Forum Debating EFF Rep on FCC Title II

To hear the ~hour KQED Forum Radio Show today on the FCC’s Title II plans, here is the NPR link. (Note the button to hear the show is under the date of the NPR article you will see.)

NPR’s digital culture correspondent Robin Sydell opened the show with an FCC-sympathetic overview and introduction of what the FCC is planning to do and praised the FCC’s process as “democracy in action.” I rebutted that notion by reminding listeners that the unelected FCC to date has totally rebuffed  any help from America’s duly elected Congress to pass lasting FCC net neutrality authority, and that the FCC is trying a third time to impose rules where courts have twice overturned the FCC.

The pro-FCC voice was Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

We had a good discussion where I had the opportunity to make the case in detail why Title II was unnecessary, unwarranted, and highly-politicized, regulatory overkill.

 

 

 

Net Neutrality Bait & Switch to Title II – My Daily Caller Op-ed

Please don’t miss my latest Daily Caller op-ed “Net Neutrality Bait & Switch to Title II.”

  • It shows how net neutrality and Title II are not the same.

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FCC Open Internet Order Series 

Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]

Part 2: Why FCC proposed net neutrality regs unconstitutional, NPR Online Op-ed [9-24-09]

NetCompetition Joins Letter to Congress Backing Strong Intellectual Property Protections

NetCompetition joined 65 other groups to urge Congress to robustly protect of Intellectual Property; please see the letter and its recommended IP framework and guidelines regarding intellectual property -- here.

Strong protection of property rights is an essential foundation and pre-condition for competition, free markets, innovation and growth.

 

What’s Google Really Up to in Wireless?

News of Google getting into wireless service via an MVNO reseller relationship with Sprint and T-Mobile has many wondering what Google is really up to in wireless.

What is Google’s wireless vision? And what are Google’s wireless business, technology and lobbying strategies?

We naturally tend to look at things through the narrow lens of what we currently know, but in the case of Google, which is always looking at things through a much more expansive and disruptive lens of what could be technologically, we must take a big picture perspective. Otherwise, we would miss the proverbial “forest” of Google’s grand GoogleNet networking scheme “for the trees” of what we know and see before us.

Big picture, what is Google really up to in wireless?

Testing the FCC’s Net Neutrality Political Calculus – My Daily Caller Op-ed

Please don’t miss my latest Daily Caller op-ed “Testing the FCC’s Net Neutrality Political Calculus.”

  • It explains how the FCC is risking the proverbial “bird in the hand” to grasp for the elusive “two birds in the bush,” and in doing so is very likely to end up with no net neutrality authority long term.    

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FCC Open Internet Order Series 

Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]

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