SOPA Hearing DNS Filtering Discussion

The House Judiciary Hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) held on Thursday, December 15 was certainly one of the longest hearings in recent memory, as well as one…

December 16, 2011 5

My DNS Filtering Research before House SOPA Panel

The US House of Representatives was debating the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill yesterday and the issue of DNS Filtering and the alleged danger to the Internet was raised.  My…

December 16, 2011 35

Mob-Driven Internet Policy

The Obama FCC admitted that it could not find the sweet spot. In the 2015 Open Internet Order, former Chairman Wheeler simply claimed regulatory authority to sanction firms for behaviors he could not anticipate. Rather than creating bright line rules, Wheeler raised his voice and issued threats. Angry threats have subsequently become the preferred way to regulate not only the Internet but its regulators as well. This is not productive, but it’s the road chosen by many.

August 15, 2018 0

Europe’s Piracy Dilemma

Their problem in the long tail of pirates, scammers, and amateurs who impose costs on the platform but don’t generate revenue. That’s a business model issue that should concern Alphabet. It’s not an excuse for making artists pay for YouTube’s content-related costs out of their own pockets to support piracy.

July 5, 2018 0

The Trouble with End-to-End

The disconnect between the way the Internet really is and the way neutrality advocates wish it were came into stark relief today: while some Congressmen were outside the Capitol giving speeches on the importance of net neutrality, those inside the building voted to make significant, harmful changes to Section 230, the real protector of Internet speech. And they didn’t even notice.

February 27, 2018 0

Flame-Grilled Whopper Marketing Strategy

To the amusement of many, Burger King has thrown its crown in the ring for net neutrality. Recode’s Tony Romm correctly diagnosed the move as a calculated effort by the…

January 25, 2018 0

Free Speech Now! Kinda…

Free speech is taking a beating on the Internet and ISPs have nothing to do with it. This is peculiar because activists have long insisted that ISPs are the greatest – and…

August 24, 2017 0

Remind Me: Why Should I Care about Net Neutrality?

End-to-end is part of Internet history, but so is traffic differentiation. On the one hand, some forms of discrimination at the packet level are constructive. Applications have different needs and it’s good for networks to provide them with the type of service they desire.

May 25, 2017 0

Set-Top Box Fiasco

There’s been more drama around the FCC in the last two years than in the entire previous decade. First we had the spectacle of the White House ordering an abrupt…

October 3, 2016 0

Copyright Office Critiques Set-Top Box Order

Copyright Office sets the FCC straight on the nature of copyright law and fair use; piracy lobby objects loudly but wrongly.

August 5, 2016 3