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[ | 22 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Tim Berners-Lee on Net Neutrality

In Scientific American, Tim Berners-Lee seems to argue right past the important policy issues facing the Internet today. Instead of describing actual policy or technology problems, he suggests implausibly apocalyptic outcomes.

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[ | 28 Oct 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Jeff Jarvis on Cable

As I’ve mentioned before, I am skeptical of “the Internet has changed everything!” analyses.  It’s great for the imagination, but it has a tendency not to provide much useful guidance.  I bring that up because of an exchange I saw between Jeff Jarvis and Andrew Keen on Twitter the other day.  Andrew Keen had asked what cable companies should be doing and Jeff Jarvis offered these ideas:

Jeff Jarvis: @ajkeen turn the relationship 180˚, become a platform for customers’ desires: store, view, make, share stuff via us. Freedom v restriction

Jeff Jarvis: …

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[ | 11 Aug 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Confirmation Bias and the Google/Verizon announcement

As Blair Levin said upon exiting the FCC, people tend to see what they expect to see. Reaction to the Verizon/Google announcement reinforces his point.

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[ | 13 Jul 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
The Internet Has Not Changed Everything

The fact is that people have always been free to create art without a “corporate middleman”, question the media and do their own reporting, organize and protest, make their content free and pursue unconventional business models.

This is not new. Pointing out that people can also do this on the Internet does not mean The Internet Has Changed Everything. It just means people can continue doing these things in a different medium.

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[ | 21 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The role of copyright in the Internet economy

The Internet is not a magical device that makes everything free, copyright is not simply a legal mechanism to make creators get out of bed, creative output is not an undifferentiated mass of content and there are many more variables than just piracy that affect content production.

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[ | 18 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Free Press and Chairman Genachowski

Chairman Genachowski gets the cold shoulder?

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[ | 9 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The FCC’s Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group

A Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group could be a substantial solution to the net neutrality problems. At least, that is what some net neutrality supporters have argued in the past.

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[ | 31 May 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
The State of the Net Neutrality Battle

Declan McCullagh really gets to the heart of where the net neutrality battle stands right now.
The last time there was a major rewrite of telecommunications laws, it took something like five years for Congress’ internal mechanisms to spit out the Telecommunications Act of 1996. A push for national cable franchising legislation went on for years but died without a vote.
Which leaves pro-Net neutrality groups in an uncomfortable quandary. If they can’t prod the FCC to grease the rails and slide some kind of regulation through soon, even if the legal …

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[ | 28 May 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Title II Forbearance slips

Chairman Genachowski has said only 6 sections of the Title II regulations will be applied to broadband and this would give “confidence and certainty that this renunciation of regulatory overreach will not unravel…”
Yesterday, the FCC reached just a little further and 6 sections became 7…
“According to sources, the Federal Communications Commission will add a seventh section to the Title II regulations it plans to apply to broadband transmission, one that requires it to report to Congress about possible barriers to minorities and women.”
As MMTC president David Honig said, “the decision …

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[ | 7 May 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Net Neutrality and Investment

Free Press has assured us that net neutrality couldn’t possibly have a negative impact on investment, so this is clearly just a coincidence.