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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-03-07 10:37
For those looking for hefty substance in understanding the economic impacts of net regulation, I strongly recommend the Phoenix Center's new Policy Paper No. 28, Network Neutrality and Foreclosing Market Exchange: a Transaction Cost Analysis."
Why the Phoenix paper is so useful in this debate is it substantively explains how net regulation prohibitions on commerce negatively affect consumer prices, benefits and choices.
This paper also helps expose the biggest scam in the Net Neutrality debate, that net regulation benefits consumers.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-02 19:25
This morning the PrecursorBlog server of NetCompetition.org was hit and shut down for the day by a targeted and malicious denial-of-service attack.
Net neutrality proponents profess to oppose the "blocking, degrading, or impairing" of any Internet content. They also profess to cherish and want to protect the First Amendment of the Internet -- free speech.
I want to believe that Moveon.org's SaveTheInterent and FreePress had nothing to do with this attack.
I respectfully ask them to publicly denounce this malicious act as the antithesis of their vision for a free, open and democratic Internet.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-02 10:49
Web creator Sir Timothy Berners-Lee predictably testified before the House Telecom Subcommittee yesterday. According to Comm Daily today, he said that "the key to web growth is "separation of layers" between browser and server, requiring engineers and legislators "get out of the way" and let others devleop innovative Web Protocols." (Sir Berners-Lee quotes in italics)
What troubles me with the net regulation proponent view is this presumption that innovation can only come from software people or code writers not engineers of people involved in networking or infrastructure.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-01 09:58
The purpose of this commentary is to challenge head on Congressional Democrats' attempt to revise Internet history for political purposes and manufacture a "broadband crisis" where none exists.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-02-28 10:43
According to Comm Daily today, it appears as if Google is doing some major "bobbing and weaving" on its net neutrality stance. Google's top policy executive, Andrew Mclaughlin, at the Tech Policy Summit in San Jose, appeared to soften Google's hardline stance on net neutrality legislation, but did he really?
Let's examine what he is reported to have said that's new, and also what they have not said, which is important to seeing if they are just doing PR spin or have truly changed their position on net neutrality legislation.
First, what Mr. McLaughlin was reported to have said by Comm Daily today:
What they have not said is the most telling.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-02-27 10:39
House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) said in the Boston Globe today that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, will testify on "the future of the Internet" on Thursday.
The open question is: will Chairman Markey allow free and open "competition" of views on what is best for "the future of the Internet" in the best of the "open democratic tradition of the Internet?"
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2007-02-25 22:55
I had to flag Professor Lessig's curious February 14th post and video lecture on "Internet Policy -- Spectrum Deregulation."
I'm sorry but I have been racking my brain to "imagine the government nationalized the hot dog market" like Professor Lessig asked me to. I could only think of Chavez in Venezuela. As hard as I tried, I couldn't seem to "get" the Professor's "hot dog" analogy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2007-02-25 22:06
Hal cuts to the quick in explaining "Under a net neutrality regime, if a broadband service provider offers prioritized delivery to one content provider, then it must offer the same level of service to all content providers free of charge."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-02-22 19:06
While at first glance it may not be obvious how the public policy debate over "net neutrality" affects the advertising sector -- it does -- and big time.
Let me explain "net neutrality" in the context of advertiser interests.
So why should advertisers care who wins? There are three big reasons why that cut right to the advertising sector's bottom-line and future.
First, companies that advertise very little want to regulate some of the advertising sector's absolutely best corporate clients.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-02-20 19:38
I had to flag for folks a seminal quote on net neutrality in the Washington Post article today "Neutrality on the Net gets high '08 Profile."
This obviously very sharp Democratic operative understands what's really going on.