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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2014-08-06 17:24
The Daily Record reports that the Maryland Public Service Commission ruled that Uber is a common carrier subject to its regulatory jurisdiction.
The PSC stated: “[W]hen viewed in their totality, the undisputed facts and circumstances in this case make it clear that Uber is engaged in the public transportation of persons for hire. Thus, Uber is a common carrier and a public service company over whom the Commission has jurisdiction…”
In 60 days, PSC will draft “new regulations that protect the public interest,but also reflect the evolving nature of transportation services like Uber.”
Uber has threatened to leave the state if Uber is treated the same as their regulated taxi and transportation-for-hire competitors are under Maryland law.
Relevance to FCC Open Internet Order
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-07-31 21:55
It connects the dots of what two recent Supreme Court and three recent EU privacy decisions mean for individuals’ privacy in general and Google’s privacy liabilities in particular.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-07-24 16:12
If Silicon Valley folks are indeed the smartest of the smart, how could they be so easily fooled on net neutrality?
Normally smarts distinguish between what’s testable and real versus what is the pixie-dust of dreams.
So where’s the real data and sound scientific thinking behind Silicon Valley’s grandiose net neutrality presumptions?
Why isn’t Silicon Valley adhering to its own data-driven, scientific decision-making principles?
Summary of Silicon Valley’s 6 Biggest Net Neutrality Fantasies:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-07-07 22:41
Please see my latest Daily Caller op-ed: “Top 10 Failures of FCC Title II Utility Regulation.”
The FCC has had a failure-prone, seventy-year track record implementing Title II telephone regulation.
It is important to remember what the FCC did in the past with Title II authority, because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
It is Part 56 of my FCC Open Internet Series.
FCC Open Internet Order Series
Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]
Interconnection is Different for Internet than Railroads or Electricity – Part 55 FCC Open Internet Order SeriesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-06-26 15:38
Some things are way too important to let slip by uncontested.
The FCC has asserted a foundational regulatory premise that warrants rebuttal and disproving, given that the FCC is considering if Internet access, and Internet backbone peering, should be regulated like a utility under Title II telephone common carrier regulation.
In an important speech on Internet interconnection last month to the Progressive Policy Institute, the very able and experienced Ruth Milkman, Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Chief of Staff, asserted that “communications networks are no different” than railroad and electricity networks when it comes to interconnection. “… At bottom… the fact is that a network without connections and interconnections is one that simply doesn’t work. Disconnected networks do not serve the public interest.”
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2014-06-17 17:50
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2014-06-13 09:47
NetCompetition submitted this proposed communications competition framework in response to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s and Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden’s call for input on defining competition and competition principles for a potential Communications Act Update next Congress.
Modernizing the Communications Act – Modern is Consumer-Driven Competition
Obsolete presumption of telephone and cable monopolies: The core policy problem with monopoly-premised communications law is that it is hostile to the reality of a vibrantly competitive communications marketplace.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-06-05 15:22
If Netflix’ position on net neutrality was justified on the merits, why does Netflix need to say so many deceptive things that are demonstrably untrue, in order to justify its case for its version of net neutrality?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2014-06-03 17:39
Unregulated Google is increasingly pushing for maximal FCC net neutrality and price regulation of its direct broadband competitors, potentially via FCC reclassification of broadband as a Title II telephone utility service.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-05-26 22:22
Dear Executives of Internet Association Companies,
Have you thought through the global implications of your businesses’ public lobbying for regulating broadband like a public telephone utility?
Possibly you are unaware that “The French government said it would push for a new European law later this year to classify Google and other Web giants like public utilities, forcing them to guarantee access to all services like phone operators. … We don’t want to become a digital colony of global Internet giants” said the French Economy Minister, per Wall Street Journal reporting.
As members of the global Internet giant association, and as global companies with large majorities of your current or future revenues coming from overseas, it could be beneficial to better think through the global implications of your high-profile policy support for new broadband utility regulation in the U.S.