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California’s Shining Path to Internet Regulation

California simply has some motivated politicians seeking to capitalize on the state’s animus toward the FCC, Washington, the Red States, and the Trump Administration with a symbolic act of rebellion.  Net neutrality is a California export, so in some sense it’s fitting for it to come home.

July 18, 2018 0

Judge Kavanaugh and the Internet

Changing ISPs from their historic status to Title II is a move the FCC can’t make without Congressional authorization. This is especially true given the 1996 Telecommunications Act clearly declares ISPs to be information services. There is no clue in the ’96 Act that substituting dial-up for broadband changes the nature of ISP service.

July 13, 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

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly on 5G

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly joined us for a High Tech Forum podcast this week to bring us up-to-date on FCC issues such as 5G, broadband deployment, mid-band spectrum, and the…

June 27, 2018 0

Broadband Speed Improving Faster

5G isn’t here yet, but it’s already stimulating a competitive response from incumbents. Better broadband plans and prices than we might see without this looming threat are entering the market.

June 21, 2018 0

Net Neutrality is Antitrust for Dummies

The US Internet is now free of the restrictions imposed by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. Advocates argue that it’s also free of the protections the order provided to…

June 11, 2018 0

FOIA Inquiry on FCC DDoS Attacks Comes up Empty

Trump Administration gadfly American Oversight is circulating a collection of 1,300 pages of email it obtained from the FCC through a FOIA request. The emails, related to the meltdowns experienced by the FCC’s comment system following HBO personality John Oliver’s comedy bits on net neutrality in 2014 and 2018, fail to disclose any new information.

June 5, 2018 0

The Subtlety of Paid Prioritization

We should never stop making the Internet better. It takes an almost religious zeal to insist that there’s anything wrong with the subtle improvement represented by this video.

And it takes a very unrealistic theory of economics to maintain that there is any rationale for placing arbitrary limits on where the payment for such enhancements comes from. It’s our Internet and we should be able to use it in any lawful way we want.

May 31, 2018 0

Don’t Ask Zuckerberg about Shadow Profiles

At a minimum, Facebook needs to reorganize the company in such a way that a single CEO can exercise effective control over its major pieces. An Alphabet-like reshuffling with a new level of management would at least signal seriousness about improvement.

May 22, 2018 0

Senate Pretends to Save the Internet

Senate Democrats and their pals in Silicon Valley and in the media had a good day. But life goes on and the serious issues remain to be addressed. That’s why it’s not merely a talking point to say that bi-partisan legislation absolutely needs to be written for the orderly regulation of entire Internet.

May 16, 2018 0