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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-02-05 18:03
Many have missed the high significance of the NTIA Commerce Department report: "Networked Nation: Broadband in America."
First, this official United States Government report represents the consensus policy thinking and sign-off of all the many parts of the United States Government involved in setting United States broadband policy, including but not limited to: NTIA, FCC, FTC, USTR, CEA, OMB, OSTP, and the Federal Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State, Justice, and Agriculture.
Second, this is the first and only official and comprehensive U.S. Executive Branch assessment of U.S. broadband strategy/policy and of U.S. progress in deploying broadband. Broadband critics can no longer say there is no official or clear U.S. Government broadband policy, because here it is:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-01-29 22:50
For anyone wanting a good forward-looking perspective about the real challenges facing the Internet, look no further than the great new study "Estimating the Exaflood" by Bret Swanson and George Gilder.
Why this study is so timely and relevant is that the real problem facing the Internet is how to keep up with the exploding capacity demands of migrating to a video-driven Internet.
The report also is an important backdrop for why broadband networks must be allowed reasonable network management.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-01-28 11:46
In a stunningly naive, parochial, and innacurate opinion piece, "Keeping a lid on broadband," Computerworld national correspondent Kevin Mitchell has scathing criticism of current free market communications policies (that by the way were modeled after the computer sector's free market and innovation successes) and calls for government bureaucrats to regulate most everything of import in the communications sector.
I am stunned that in the journalistic "world of computers" there could be such a naive and parochial view of the real-world ramifications of technological and digital convergence -- the rapidly blurring lines between computing, communications and storage. Mr. Mitchell writes like the tech sector and computing in general is an impregnable and immutable island that should forever be insulated and protected from competitive and market forces occuring outside the tech sector.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2008-01-26 19:38
Remarks for the University of San Francisco Net Neutrality Symposium
January 26, 2008
Thank you for including me in this forum and debate on net neutrality.
I believe net neutrality is largely a contrived issue and a fabricated “problem.”
· The issue is on political life support in Washington, because it is all slogan and little substance.
Economic downturn is worst time for net neutrality proponents to be discouraging universal broadbandSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-01-23 11:00
We'll soon see if net neutrality proponents are reasonable and responsible. Do they grasp that calling for preemptive, anti-investment, regulation of broadband that would discourage deployment of broadband to all Americans -- is the last thing our Nation needs during this economic downturn?
Broadband deployment, adoption, competition and investment is one of the great success stories of our economy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-01-10 11:01
Kudos to some straightforward reporting by PC World in: "Comcast Welcomes FCC Traffic Management Inquiry," which is in stark contrast to the "guilty-until-proven-innocent" headline in AP Peter Svensson's story "FCC to Probe Comcast's data discrimination."
PC World reporters and editors have clearly not made up their mind in advance of the FCC's inquiry, unlike the AP reporter and editors which clearly have.
The reason that Comcast welcomes the FCC's traffic management inquiry is that they are confident that they are managing their network reasonably to preserve the quality of service expected by all their users and are within the bounds of acceptable network management.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-01-09 11:01
It is telling that the AP reporter who originally manufactured the story on Comcast's network managment practices, (through his own unscientific test) is the only mainstream reporter resuscitating this non-story.
Peter Svensson's AP story: "FCC to probe Comcast data discrimination" isn't news but an advocacy piece cloaked as a news story (see earlier post).
It isn't "news" that the FCC investigates petitions.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-01-08 10:58
Comcast's announcement at CES to offer a quicker system for downloading movies and shows as reported by the New York Times is strong proof of why the FreePress petition asking the FCC to not allow Comcast to manage the p2p traffic on its network -- is unreasonable.
Comcast is innovating to enable its network to offer what it calls "wideband," which will enable Comcast customers to download HD movies on demand -- that previously took up to six hours to download -- to less than 4 minutes.
The point I am making here is that any network has relative bandwidth chokepoints where traffic must be managed in order to deliver expected quality of service to all customers.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-12-21 12:45
Washington Internet Daily reported that FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell told reporters yesterday:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-12 17:13
Larry Downes produced an outstanding analysis for ZDNet today which he entitled "Save Internet Freedom -- From Regulation."
I strongly recommend it as it is one of the most cogent and persuasive pieces I have read in a long time on the subject.
He does a great service by putting the issue into much clearer context -- vis-a-vis other industries and past attempts to regulate where the government shouldn't have.