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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-04-26 15:56
I listened in to SaveTheInternet's conference call with reporters in celebration of their one year anniversary.
Senator Dorgan (D-ND) author of the pending Dorgan-Snowe Bill was the keynote and star.
Craig Newmark was second to speak and he asserted everyone he knew was for NN. (I guess we should give up now.)
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-04-25 14:47
Curt Monash in his blog suggests a "third way" for net neutrality to go -- applying regulation to the "JeffersonNet" or "bandwidth-light" parts of the Internet while not applying it to the "EdisonNet," the more "communications-rich" applications where regulation would be an impediment.
With all due respect, the "middle way" thinking is seriously flawed because it assumes a compromise between views with equal merit.
In order to talk net neutrality compromise, net neutrality proponents have to make the case that they have legitimate concerns to begin with.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-04-24 10:44
I always knew Moveon.org was a powerful political force, but I just learned how powerful -- Moveon.org was the second largest Political Action Committee (PAC) in the US in 2006, according to the Washington Post "In The Loop" column by Jeffery H. Birnbaum.
Moveon.org's political clout combined with its zealousness for promoting net neturality regulation and the front-loaded 2008 political process mean net neutrality will likely remain on the "techcom" political agenda as a key issue for the foreseeable future -- despite getting repudiated by the House, Senate, Supreme Court, FCC, FTC, NTIA, Maryland, Michigan to only name the most prominent forums that rejected regulating the Internet.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-04-18 10:42
After almost a year of opposing quotes in articles on net neutrality, the NAM weekly radio show/podcast on business, finally afforded me the opportunity to debate Craig Newmark, the famous founder of Craig's List, one-on-one live.While
I said I was happy to discuss my current and past views with him because it was a tacit concession by him that the net neutrality side of the debate cannot win this debate on the merits and that their best chance is attacks on me as a leading spokesperson for the broadband sector on why the Internet should not be regulated.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-04-17 19:07
The people who still argue that the Internet is "neutral" have some explaining to do.
I feel kinda bad that all those well-intentioned people that fell for the original slogan of "net neutrality" were suckered into assuming the Internet was "neutral" and needed to stay that way.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-04-17 11:01
Today's WSJ editorial page hits the free-market nail on the head once again in its lead editorial: "The Spectrum Game"; it's about the FCC's upcoming decision on how to auction the 700 MHz of spectrum that is considered by the market to be "the Riviera beachfront property" of all spectrum potentially available.
WSJ understands this is the most valuable spectrum the FCC has ever auctioned.
I hope the FCC is wise enough to see through this net neutrality spectrum scam, and not effectively bypass Congress' authority by effectively legislating corporate spectrum entitlements unauthorized by Congress.
To guard against charges that there is an-under-the-table transfer of billions of dollars due the American taxpayer under the law, the FCC needs to be completely transparent and upfront about the implications their decisions have on auction proceeds.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-04-16 13:59
The news of Google acquiring Double-Click prompted me to spend a good part of my weekend analyzing the competitive implications of this seminal proposed acquisition for the future of the Internet.
My analysis focused on answering the following key questions of interest:
Summary of my conclusions:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-04-13 12:52
MultiChannel News has a great write up of a tough speech on net neutrality by David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast.
Kudos to Mr. Cohen for taking the gloves off and saying what needs to be said.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-04-11 13:21
Moveon.org's SaveTheInternet blog is touting Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards' recent comments supporting net neutrality.
We all know politics is often driven by fear and by creating boogeymen where none really exist -- and at that, Moveon.org is a master.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-04-11 10:24
The Politico ran a story April 9th called the "The Human Face of Net Neutrality" that grossly exagerates the "net roots" involvement on net neutrality.
The article implies that there is somehow a difference between the "Moveon.org net roots" and traditional broadband lobbying.
All this Politico article reports is that Moveon.org was able to "top down" organize dozens of meetings during recess with dozens of members on net neutrality.