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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-05-26 22:22
Dear Executives of Internet Association Companies,
Have you thought through the global implications of your businesses’ public lobbying for regulating broadband like a public telephone utility?
Possibly you are unaware that “The French government said it would push for a new European law later this year to classify Google and other Web giants like public utilities, forcing them to guarantee access to all services like phone operators. … We don’t want to become a digital colony of global Internet giants” said the French Economy Minister, per Wall Street Journal reporting.
As members of the global Internet giant association, and as global companies with large majorities of your current or future revenues coming from overseas, it could be beneficial to better think through the global implications of your high-profile policy support for new broadband utility regulation in the U.S.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2014-05-20 18:02
Please see my latest Daily Caller op-ed: “Top Ten Reasons Broadband is not a Public Utility.”
FCC Open Internet Order Series
Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2014-05-18 22:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2014
Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407
The AT&T-DirecTV Merger Increases Competition & Consumer Choice, Providing:
A New Stronger Competitive Alternative to Cable’s Bundle; and
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2014-05-16 11:51
With due credit to "Ripley's Believe it or Not!®," so much odd and bizarre is happening in Washington in the "name" of “net neutrality” that the topic calls for its own collection of: "Believe it or Not!®" oddities.
INTERNET FAST LANES:
Net Neutrality activists who have long condemned the FCC for not making the Internet fast enough now condemn the FCC for proposing to make the Internet faster!
Google and Amazon oppose the FCC enabling them to pay for fast-lane delivery of their online services when they both are launching very-costly, same-day, home delivery services!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-05-15 17:47
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2014
Contact: Scott Cleland --703-217-2407
FCC Rules Take the “Auction” & “Incentives” out of the Supposed “Incentive Auction”
Auction will under-earn with FCC thwarting market forces by picking winners & losers
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-05-15 12:54
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2014
Contact: Scott Cleland
FCC Consideration of Title II Broadband Regulation is a Blueprint for Uncertainty
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2014-05-09 18:07
Given the avalanche of misinformation and manufactured hysteria by net neutrality proponents over the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to make the FCC’s Open Internet Order comply with the Appeals Court Verizon v. FCC decision, AT&T’s FCC filing here (and below) is a welcome and much-needed total debunking of the call for Title II reclassification of broadband.
For anyone, analyst, reporter, etc. who cares to really understand how Title II common carrier law and regulation actually would play out in the real world, not in the nostalgic imaginations of people who have no real life experience in this matter, this filing eviscerates Title II proponents’ partial, over-simplified, inexperienced, and ill-informed thinking.
Beware proponents of Title II reclassification; if you read this AT&T rebuttal you will begin to comprehend the depth of vacuousness of arguments for reclassification of broadband and you will realize that manufactured-public-perception, is no match for facts, reality and real world experience.
The “Aristechracy” Demands Users Subsidize Their Net Neutrality Free Lunch – Part 45 FCC Open Internet Order SeriesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2014-05-08 18:25
The Net Neutrality movement has lost its way. It’s now perversely focused on advancing Internet companies’ economic interests at the expense of Internet user interests.
The Net neutrality movement’s main priority used to be about ensuring that Internet users have the freedom to access the legal content of their choice.
Now they have become singularly-focused on securing permanent economic subsidies for edge companies by demanding the FCC set a zero-price for all downstream Internet traffic via reclassifying broadband as a Title II common carrier service.
Essentially, what their latest net neutrality scheme would mean is that Internet users would be forced to shoulder the entire cost burden of maintaining and upgrading America’s expensive Internet infrastructure without a fair-share contribution from the top Internet companies for the infrastructure costs they cause as a result of their dominant consumption of the nation’s daily downstream bandwidth.
Simply, net neutrality has transmogrified from preserving users’ Internet freedoms to forcing all Internet users to fully subsidize all Internet companies’ bandwidth usage bill no matter if they use a particular edge companies’ services or not.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2014-05-07 10:18
For those interested, please see a nine-minute highlight video of NetCompetition’s April 4th expert panel on making consumers, not technology, the organizing principle of any update of the obsolescing Communications Act.
The experts, Gene Kimmelman of Public Knowledge, Jeff Eisenach, of the American Enterprise Institute, Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America, and Hal Singer of the Progressive Policy Institute, all discussed the merits of making consumers, not technology, the starting point and organizing principle of any update of the Communications Act.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-05-05 10:06
The FCC seems bent on overreaching their legal authority – yet again.
At the NCTA convention, Chairman Wheeler said: “I believe the FCC has the power – and I intend to exercise that power – to preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.” And in an FCC blog post, Chairman Wheeler also said this preemption of states on muni-broadband “is an issue that remains high on my agenda, and we will be announcing more on this topic shortly.”
FCC lawyers appear to think this is the time for more overreach of FCC authority because the legal outcome may be different than in the past.