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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-04-05 13:54
It seems there is more trouble brewing in the eerily quiet ItsOurNet coalition of online giants who are promoting net neutrality legislation.
Today's WSJ article "Ask.com's Revolt Risks costly clicks" highlights a guerilla ad campaign that Ask.com is running in "London subway cars exhorting commuters to "stop the online information monopoly.""
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-04-04 16:04
National Journal's Tech Daily had an interesting article today reminding us that there is yet another dimension to Google's untrustworthy business behavior.
What is important here is this is just part of a well documented history and pattern of Google not doing the right thing and making a mockery of their double-negative corporate motto: "Don't be evil."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-04-03 19:39
SaveTheInternet's Free Press arm and other liberal advocacy groups are going to ask the FCC to impose net neutrality on the winners of the upcoming 700 MHz wireless auction, according to Tech Daily on 3-30-07.
Less than two weeks ago, the FCC unanimously voted to classify wireless broadband as an unregulated information service which pratically means that net neutrality does not apply to wireless broadband.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-04-02 17:26
Its a great problem to have.
Why I like the flash video so much is that it persuasively spotlights how vibrant and healthy the Internet is today.
If net neutrality proponents were more responsible they would also be focused on solving real (not hypotheical) ongoing problems that are critical to every user every day, which is how to increase the Internet's capacity so that it can continue to operate as it has or better.
The Bottom line: Net neutrality proponents are missing the proverbial forest for the trees.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-30 17:05
Business Week's cover story is: "Is Google too Powerful?" is exactly the question a major publication that thinks ahead should be asking.
Business Week has done everyone a favor in posing this cover question because it will get folks looking at Google in a new way -- as the dominant antitrust concern of the market place in the decade ahead, like Microsoft was in the 1990's, AT&T was in the late 1970s/early 1980s and IBM was in the 1950s.
Mark my words, the words "Google" and "antitrust" will be heard much more frequently together -- in the years ahead -- as Google has gone from 35% to 50% market share today in a couple of years and is on path inexorably towards 60-70% share in the next few years.
While it is clearly debatable if Google is too powerful today...
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-29 18:44
I sincerely hope that everyone who cares substantively about the net neutrality issue, on either side of the debate, reads the new 2-1/2 page "Economists' Statement on Network Neutrality Policy" by the AEI-Brookings oint Center for Regulatory Studies.
We are still waiting to read a cogent, well-reasoned and supported piece of work that supports the policy of Net neutrality. All we have gotten is assertions, hypotheticals --virtually no facts or analysis from the other side.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-27 19:15
The Future of Music has created a supposed new "coalition" "Rock the Net" to promote net neutrality by banding together music groups who have been suckered into fearing that the Internet will somehow be taken away from them -- without net neutrality legislation.
This is not about policy or legislation.
This is a cheap publicity stunt.
"Rock the net" is basically a bad "lip synching performance" by music groups singing liberal Moveon.org's pre-canned song.
"Lip synching" is the perfect metaphor for the supposed net neutrality grass roots "movement" overall.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-27 18:16
Google-YouTube like to spin that the billion-dollar copyright law suit from Viacom and the new online venture by NBC-Newscorp is just about "negotiating."
What's really going on is Google-YouTube is trying to disintermediate all video content and network companies.
Make no mistake. Google already has built the largest "audience" of any "network" in the world -- ever.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-27 08:24
The most relevant part of the FCC launching a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) into the net neutality issue was FCC Bureau Chief Tom Navin testifying that no one has formally complained about blocking and no one has formally petitioned the FCC on the matter.
The FCC is launching an NOI to cut through the hysteria and misdirection and finally get the facts on the record.
While I don't think this bogus and completely unsubstantiated issue is even worthy of an NOI, I can understand why the FCC would want to launch an NOI to ensure that no one can say the FCC is not taking this issue seriously.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-03-26 10:48
The most important development for a free market Internet in the last several weeks was the FCC's 5-0 decision March 22nd to declare wireless broadband an unregulated information service.
Why is this a big deal?
Well done FCC! Great de-regulatory box out!