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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-02-13 00:01
The long-awaited new Net Neutrality bill is finally coming out from House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey and Rep. Chip Pickering -- it's now called "The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008."
After reviewing the draft version circulating among the media this evening, here are my initial takeaways on the new proposed legislation.
First, the proposed legislation attempts to rebrand the controversial "net neutrality" issue as "Internet Freedom" and "broadband policy."
Second, the bill's primary purpose is a bold attempt to reverse longstanding United States broadband policy by amending Title I of the 1934 Communications Act. This Markey bill would:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-02-12 14:27
For those trying to get an accurate handle on America's real standing in the world in broadband and technology, it is important to have multiple perpsectives in order to get the best and truest read on reality.
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 Wed, 2008-01-30 15:54
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 Tue, 2008-01-29 22:31
I am on the Congressional Internet Caucus wireless panel Wednesday with Blair Levin of Stifel Nicolaus, Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation, and Jason Devitt of Skydeck.
The panel is on: "Opening up 700 MHz & White Spaces" What hath the FCC wrought?"
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 Thu, 2008-01-24 10:17
Concern about an economic downturn has a powerful practical effect of rationalizing public policy priorities.
The economic downturn now provides even more perspective of how far out of the mainstream the net neutrality movement really is.
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 Tue, 2008-01-22 11:34
Network World has a great piece: "Open Access not as important to wireless consumers as QoS, pricing, survey finds" which exposes the Google-led tech industry's push for open access as a not-so-subtle tech-industrial policy.
This survey is important evidence exposing the tech industry's attempt to pass net neutrality/open access legislation/regulation as an thinly-guised tech industrial policy.
The tech industry has done a good job of cloaking their openness campaign as what consumers want most -- because that serves their Washington industrial policy agenda.