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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-11-27 13:43
Verizon's announcement that it will allow customers to choose any app and/or any device on its entire network in 2008 is proof positive that competitive market forces best serve consumers, not rigid net neutrality regulation or legislation.
I see three big takeaways from the Verizon announcement: consumer protection/reliability; market discipline, and more diversity of consumer choice.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-11-13 13:27
The Big Government advocates who try to paint the U.S. as falling behind in broadband so they can justify an activist National Broadband Policy -- have a huge and embarassing hole in their argument -- the U.S. lead in wireless/mobile broadband, including U.S. leadership in transitioning prime analog TV spectrum to mainstream digital broadband use.
This U.S. world leadership in transitioning prime spectrum to optimal consumer use is powerful evidence of the superiority of our broadband policy approach, which embraces market forces more than just about any other major country in the world.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-11-08 13:22
If Professor Tim Wu is the "Father" of net neutrality, since he named the issue in 2002, I guess Gigi Sohn can be called the "Mother" of net neutrality because in 2002 her organization, Public Knowledge, birthed the original political manifesto on this type of thinking: "Saving the Information Commons."
Yesterday Ms. Sohn, the Mother of net neutrality, participated in a conference call for left-leaning bloggers to indoctrinate them into the right and wrong way to blog about FreePress/Public Knowledge's petition to the FCC on Comcast's network management.
Ted Hearn of MultiChannel News had a great story on this: "Sohn to bloggers: target Inouye"
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-11-05 17:27
First, the petitioners ignore the reason the FCC exists in the first place -- the absolute necessity for some network management in order for communications systems to function as needed.
Second, the petitioners ignore that "reasonable network management" of communications is directly analogous to reasonable traffic management of our roadways.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-11-05 10:59
Tim Wu, the "father of net neutrality" because he made up the term a few years back, was surprisingly candid in a CNET article that: "the whole net neutrality issue is really about a power struggle."
I also found another candid quote by the Moveon.org/FreePress folks that also tells us what they are up to:
Bogus petition against Comcast's reasonable network management is a back door ploy to reinstate common carriage for broadbandSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-11-02 08:15
The Moveon.org/FreePress petition to the FCC to declare Comcast's reasonable network management illegal, is a deceptive back-door scheme to reverse FCC deregulation of broadband as an information service and to (de facto) reinstate common carriage for broadband.
First, if managing out-of-control p2p traffic that is degrading and impairing the responsiveness and utility of the Internet for the many by the few is not "reasonable network management" then no network management is reasonable.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-11-01 10:01
The American Consumer Institute did some more great work on the importance and impact of broadband. Kudos!
The summary table on page 48 encapsulates the study's findings well.
Why is net neutrality not Green?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-10-31 13:48
I guess the World Economic Forum folks did not "get the memo" from net neutality proponents that the U.S. is supposed to be falling behind competitively because of broadband.
The Wall Street Journal reported today that: "U.S. tops Report on Competitiveness By World Economic Forum."
The OECD's questionable methodology ranks the U.S. 15th in the world on broadband; however, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell gave a great speech that systematically debunked the OECD's agenda-driven methodology and rankings.
However, both the World Economic Forum and the Economist Intelligence Unit rank the US at or near the top of the world in competitiveness.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-10-31 10:56
The unanimous passage of a new seven-year Internet Tax Moratorium, is powerful evidence of how far out of the political mainstream the net neutrality movement is.
Sound mainstream policies can attract near unanimity in Congress -- despite rampant partisanship.
If net neutrality was truly a long-standing "principle" of the Internet, like its proponents have claimed, it would attract strong political consensus.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-10-25 18:03
With all due respect to all the folks I read often at Business Week, I have to challenge the thinking behind Stephen Wildstrom's column in Business Week where he shares that he switched his year-long position opposing new net regulation, largely because of Verizon's admitted mistake in delaying by one-day a text messaging approval code to NARAL.
After Verizon and the rest of the industry have handled literally billions upon billions of communications for years without significant similar incidents, one company makes an admitted mistake, takes full responsibility, immediately fixes it, changes its procedures so it won't happen again, -- and Mr Wildstrom's answer is to now throw the common-carrier regulatory book at Verizon and the whole industry?