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Be Careful What You Wish For: Caution on Net Neutrality

Be Careful What You Wish For: Caution on Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality seems to be the hottest topic around these days. The good guys are for it and the bad guys are against it, at least according to the press. However, it seems that virtually no one really understands what it is that one is for or against, nor the implications of what it is they think they want. Given how worked up everyone is perhaps it would be a good idea to try to understand what it is all about. Net Neutrality confuses what should be two very separate issues: handling traffic differently based on 1) what kind it is, and 2) based on who sent it. But these aren’t separate, because of some bungled engineering. A bit of […]

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A New Way to Look at Net Neutrality

A New Way to Look at Net Neutrality

New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute is circulating a proposal by consultant CTC Technology and Energy titled “Mobile Broadband Networks Can Manage Congestion While Abiding By Open Internet Principles” that has apparently captured the imagination of many net neutrality advocates. It relates to FCC chairman Wheeler’s desire to impose a common set of regulations on wired and mobile networks, with […]

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Can We Validate the Cost of Connectivity?

November 5th, 2014 by | Comments Off
Can We Validate the Cost of Connectivity?

The latest addition of the New America Foundation’s “Cost of Connectivity” report is successfully gaining attention from bloggers and journalists who accept its claims at face value. Some of the stories about the report have appeared in major publications, and […]

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Who’s making money on the Internet?

October 5th, 2014 by | Comments Off
Who’s making money on the Internet?

One of the background questions in Internet policy debates concerns what and who contributes value to the overall system and who extracts profits. In a perfectly functioning market, profits will reward innovation, investment, and the creation of value for users; […]

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Happy Net Neutrality Day

September 15th, 2014 by | Comments Off
Happy Net Neutrality Day

Once again, we’ve come to another deadline for the filing of comments to the FCC on net neutrality, possibly the most mystifying subject in the history of technology policy. This deadline applies to the FCC’s third attempt to impose regulations […]

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AT&T and Verizon Again Named Top “Investment Heroes”

September 11th, 2014 by | Comments Off

For the third year in a row, the Progressive Policy Institute published their “Investment Heroes” report, and for the third year in a row AT&T and Verizon topped the list of firms making the greatest domestic capital investments in the previous […]

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Bret Swanson: How Title II Would Harm Web Video

September 5th, 2014 by | Comments Off

Bret Swanson has a don’t-miss piece in Forbes today.   Amazon, Twitch and the Title II Threat to Web Video. Swanson points to Amazon’s planned acquisition of Twitch, “an online streamer of video games and the gamers who play them,” to illustrate […]

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Does Netflix Have Amnesia?

August 8th, 2014 by | Comments Off

I’m paying for Netflix and I’m paying for Internet connectivity, why do I care if they pay each other for faster service? Actually why aren’t they? In our instant gratification society that loves to time shift onto our time schedule […]

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Like Sisyphus the FCC Pushes On

July 15th, 2014 by | Comments Off
Like Sisyphus the FCC Pushes On

[I filed some comments with the FCC today in the Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It's hard to believe, but the FCC has been at this for ten years now. The summary follows, and afterwards there's a link to […]

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What the FCC’s Broadband Tests Really Measure

June 25th, 2014 by | 2 Comments »
What the FCC’s Broadband Tests Really Measure

The data in the “Measuring Broadband America” report released by the FCC on June 18th shows that Americans get the broadband speeds they pay for. The report plainly says (page 14): This Report finds that ISPs now provide 101 percent […]

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Net Neutrality Advocates Score an Own Goal

June 23rd, 2014 by | Comments Off
Net Neutrality Advocates Score an Own Goal

In soccer, an “own goal” is scoring a goal for the other team. In this connection, I recommend Jon Healey’s column in the LA Times on net neutrality objections to T-Mobile’s music streaming plan, Should net neutrality rules stop T-Mobile’s […]

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706 Versus Title II – the Slippery Slope

June 3rd, 2014 by | Comments Off

Bob Litan, Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institute, has written an excellent piece on 706 Authority versus Title II.   Perhaps most interesting is his take on the potential unintended consequences to the broader tech community, how it […]

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