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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-29 09:16
Hal Singer of Criterion Economics has a very good commentary today in Canada's Financial Post called "Not Neutrality."
Hal is a very clear thinker and anyone who quotes Milton Friedman in a supportive way is alright by me.
One passage of Hal's commentary really hits the nail on the head about how insidious net neutrality is:
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 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 16:32
An article in the Register on the first significant NN debate in the UK is a wonderful read.
It is always helpful to get the reaction of an outside perspective to cut to the quick of an issue.
I reccommend reading the whole article.
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!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-03-16 15:09
Only 40% of European Union homes have Internet access and only 16% have broadband, according to EC Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva who spoke yesterday at the Digital World Conference in Berlin.
NN proponents have tried to manufacture that there is a broadband crisis in the U.S. and that we are falling behind the rest of the world. It just isn't true.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-03-15 10:48
Net neutrality is not only a domestic issue but also a policy weapon some Eurocrats see as a way to undermine American competitiveness to Europe's advantage.
Why I wrote my commentary, "America's Unique Internet success" in the Washington Times a couple of weeks ago," was to drive home this important insight that America truly is unique when it comes to the Internet!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-03-14 10:18
I read with interest and amusement Drew Clark's piece on GigaOM about "Is Google changing its position on Net neutrality?".
Drew Clark's piece in GigaOM is one of the better reports I've seen outlining the increasing disarray of the ItsOurNet coalition, the front group for online giants promoting net neutrality legislation.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-03-14 09:54
Dr. Bob Pepper of Cisco, and formerly a top policy advisor to several FCC Chairman, wrote an excellent opinion piece in TechNewsWorld: "Network Neutrality: Avoiding a Net Loss".
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-13 10:51
NN proponents in the U.S. have ignorantly been calling NN the "First Amendment of the Internet."
I really don't think NN proponents have thought this one through.