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So Far Net Neutrality Hasn’t Broken The Internet | TechCrunch
Shares of Verizon — the future home of this publication — a company viscerally opposed to net neutrality, are down a fraction in a down market. Investors, it seems, aren’t pricing much downside into net neutrality in the immediate aftermath of its enaction. There is a certain irony to the Verizon point. Verizon brought the last suit against net neutrality that led to the new rules. Title II is in no small way due to the actions of that ISP. [...] Following the FCC’s victory to put down a stay of its rules, Wheeler said that the decision “give[s] broadband providers the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks.” ISPs would rather have it another way. [ Profit maximization by historically lobbying washington for subsidies to build out infrastructure, without any oversight/accountability, ISP's have yet to invest in real-terms what they have received in government subsidies. Instead they've paid out shareholders w dividends & largess profits ]
Net  Neutrality  Tom  Wheeler  ISP  cable  provider  USA  Wall  Street  public  utility  utility  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  exploitation  crony  capitalism  accountability  oversight  regulation  FCC  transparency  subsidies  subsidizing  infrastructure  infrastructure  investment 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm | TechCrunch
Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Today Bloomberg reported Comcast is dropping the deal. The news came a day after the FCC staff recommended a hearing on the merger, a procedural move that would essentially halt the deal in its tracks.
Comcast  Time  Warner  Cable  M&A  ISP  oligopoly  oligopol  FCC  Net  Neutrality  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Title II: Are You Crazy To Hate It? | Beware the Propaganda - YouTube
Previously "The Tek 0161: Intel, IBM, Cisco, Etc. Against Net Neutrality" youtu.be/HpsPvp6bL2E - 13:54 - Qualcomm, Intel, and others speak out against the Title II net neutrality
Net  Neutrality  USA  Title  II  public  utility  utility  utilities  infrastructure  investment  FCC  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  crony  capitalism  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  business  investment  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  presidency  barackobama 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet | The White House
@BarackObama urges the @FCC to reclassify Internet as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act; he recommends rules against blocking legal content, traffic throttling & paid prioritization; he advocates transparency at backbone connections & http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/10/7185933/fcc-should-reclassify-internet-as-utility-obama-says
Net  Neutrality  public  utility  utility  barackobama  presidency  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  shareholder  value  public  interest  USA  ISP  cable  provider  oligopoly  oligopol  Tom  Wheeler  FCC  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  Career  Politicians 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
3 Myths Comcast Is Telling The FCC About TWC Merger – Consumerist
In addition to the wide swaths of rural land with few broadband options (again, this uses the outdated definition of 3Mbps or better), many of the most densely populated metro areas in the country — Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, New Orleans, and basically the entire D.C.-Philly-NYC-Boston corridor — have few options for even barely acceptable Internet service. Approving the Comcast/TWC merger will do nothing to change this map. It will only change the name of the company that screws up the billing for the customers in these areas.
Comcast  Time  Warner  ISP  broadband  oligopoly  oligopol  cartel  FCC  Net  Neutrality  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  competitiveness  21stcentury  Future  of  Work  regulators  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  Career  Politicians  barackobama  presidency  Competition  utility 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Democrats unveil legislation forcing the FCC to ban Internet fast lanes - The Washington Post
The proposal, put forward by Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), requires the FCC to use whatever authority it sees fit to make sure that Internet providers don't speed up certain types of content (like Netflix videos) at the expense of others (like e-mail). It wouldn't give the commission new powers, but the bill — known as the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act — would give the FCC crucial political cover to prohibit what consumer advocates say would harm startup companies and Internet services by requiring them to pay extra fees to ISPs.
FCC  Democratic  Process  democracy  Net  Neutrality  vested  interest  ISP  cable  provider  Tom  Wheeler  interest  groups  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  presidency  barackobama  barriers  to  entry  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  competitiveness 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Net Neutrality and the Idea of America : The New Yorker
In “The Frontier in American History,” the historian Frederick Jackson Turner argued that it was frontiers that created the essential aspects of American democracy. Life on the frontier, he wrote, was what developed “the courageous determination to break new paths” and “indifference to the dogma that because an institution or a condition exists, it must remain.” The debate over net neutrality, by this reckoning, is a classic debate over the closing of a frontier. The fear is that industrial consolidation, as it has before, will diminish opportunities for the new, idealistic, and optimistic, leaving behind the established, tested, and cynical. It would be the lapse into plutocracy that Turner and others feared.
Net  Neutrality  frontiermarkets  Frontier  Markets  BRIC  MINT  Internet  FCC  barriers  to  entry  inequality  discrimination  public  policy  public  good  public  utility  digital  divide  oligarchy  oligopoly  oligopol  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  inefficiencies  marketplace  efficiencies  presidency  barackobama  USA  competitiveness  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  Europe  UK 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair - YouTube
Is Net Neutrality Dead? - youtube.com/watch?v=h3bIDRM8l2A ""pressure from ISP and Cable Provider lobby in Washington not to call them a utility"" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/susan-crawford-internet_n_2670127.html - https://www.youtube.com/user/MoyersandCompany/search?query=Crawford +++ Bill Moyers Essay: As the SEC Door Revolves - v=pqA4RGI5i8A
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet
The proposal is not a final rule, but the vote on Thursday is a significant step forward on a controversial idea that has invited fierce opposition from consumer advocates, Silicon Valley heavyweights, and Democratic lawmakers. The FCC will now open the proposal to a total 120 days of public comment. Final rules, aimed for the end of the year, could be rewritten after the agency reviews the public comments. + http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/obama-pledges-net-neutrality-laws-if-elected-president/ "Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president. The presidential hopeful says if elected, he'll prioritize enacting antidiscrimination rules for broadband providers during first year in office. Will others follow?" + http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/netzneutralitaet-in-den-usa-fcc-zum-zwei-klassen-internet-a-969678.html + http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2014/05/fcc-s-net-neutrality-plan - Wheeler a former cable-industry lobbyist
Net  Neutrality  FCC  USA  presidency  barackobama  barriers  to  entry  discrimination  Innovation  Silicon  Valley  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  economies  of  agglomeration  economies  of  scale  Start-Up  Start-Ups  revolving-door  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  revolving  door  Washington  Career  Politicians  interest  groups  public  policy  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  public  good  public  utility 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
FCC Net-Neutrality Plan in Chaos | TIME.com
Net-neutrality advocates are mounting a campaign to persuade Wheeler to reclassify Internet broadband service under Title II of the Communications Act, which would subject companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to “common carrier” regulation.
Net  Neutrality  USA  ISP  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  public  good  FCC 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Safe Harbors – AVC
The answer to this quandry is “safe harbors”. I argue for them all over the place. In content licensing. In telecom policy. In banking policy. If we had a general bias in our society to let early stage startups try things and see if they work before we worry about compliance we would see a lot more innovation.
Net  Neutrality  FCC  ISP  Start-Up  Start-Ups  Lean  Start-Up  Silicon  Valley  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  innovation  barriers  to  entry 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Observations of an Internet Middleman | Beyond Bandwidth
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7699862 - In short: if you're in the US, you're paying your ISP for a certain amount of bandwidth, but your ISP is not giving it to you, because its connections to middlemen like Level 3 are maxed out. Level 3 proposes to split the cost of expanding those connections (as is common), but your ISP refuses unless it gets additional payment from Level 3, Netflix, or someone else. Meanwhile, you don't get the bandwidth you've purchased from your ISP. That doesn't seem right to me. [...] That's not what's happening, though. What's happening is that the ISPs have not provisioned enough capacity to serve the actual aggregate demand at peak times. The hydraulic analogy would be if water pressure dropped every day between 0800 and 0900 because everyone was having their morning shower. That would not be acceptable to customers, and nor is the situation with ISPs.
Net  Neutrality  FCC  USA 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Will an Internet Fast Lane Be an Innovation Dead End? | MIT Technology Review
But if deep-pocketed players can pay for a faster, more reliable service, then small startups face a crushing disadvantage, says Brad Burnham, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a VC firm based in New York City. “This is absolutely part of our calculus now,” he says. Burnham says his firm will now “stay away from” startups working on video and media businesses. It will also avoid investing in payment systems or in mobile wallets, which require ultrafast transaction times to make sense. “This is a bad scene for innovation in those areas,” Burnham says of the FCC proposal.
Net  Neutrality  barriers  to  entry  FCC  USA 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Mozilla Offers an Idea for Solving Net Neutrality Problem | Re/code
This action will help preserve the future of technology innovation online, particularly for online video communications and smartphone applications and services.
FCC  Net  Neutrality  Mozilla  Foundation  Firefox  innovation  barriers  to  entry  equality 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom | Technology | theguardian.com
"The FCC has formulated a plan to allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies for the right to "premium" access to its customers. This is the worst Internet policy news imaginable. It should strike terror into the heart of anyone who cares about fairness, politics, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, fair trade, entrepreneurship, or innovation."
FCC  ISP  Europe  USA  UK  Net  Neutrality  inequality 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
F.C.C. Weighs Possible Rules for Wireless Internet Service - NYTimes.com
“I think it has the appearance of the F.C.C. kicking the can down the road,” said Derek Turner, research director for Free Press. “The job of the F.C.C. is to protect the public interest. That includes making the really hard decisions that may anger some powerful industry incumbents.”
FCC  netneutrality  USA 
september 2010 by asterisk2a
Internet Freedom
Internet Freedom is about sustaining the era of permissionless innovation that has characterized the first fifteen years of the commercial Internet in this country and brought us thousands of new big profitable companies, millions of jobs, and a vast array of new services and devices that have changed our lives and made them better.
netneutrality  internet  freedom  debill  FCC  DOJ  censorship  politics 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
The Killer App of 1900 « PubliCola
“Electric lights are different. Electricity is not in any sense a necessity, and under no conditions is it universally used by the people of a community. It is but a luxury enjoyed by a small proportion of the members of any municipality, and yet if the plant be owned and operated by the city, the burden of such ownership and operation must be borne by all the people through taxation.

“Now, electric light is not a necessity for every member of the community. It Is not the business of any one to see that I use electricity, or gas, or oil in my house, or even that I use any form of artificial light at all.”

Unlike water, which had but a few purposes and was hard to turn to others, electricity was a different kind of technology, and contemporary citizens had a difficult time seeing past Edison’s light bulbs and Times Square.
electricity  broadband  history  FCC  netneutrality  usa  economic  growth 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Google Responds To FCC Inquiry By Highlighting AT&T’s Hypocrisy
It is the same story that ISP’s were (and still are) granted tax breaks and subsidies of several 100 millions (since 1998, and I don’t blame Gore for this) to bring 10mbit connections (fiber) to every household till 2005.

Who has 10mbit connections in the US right now ( http://www.huli...d-speeds-survey )?
FCC  AT&T 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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