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[ | 5 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Understanding Verizon v. FCC

The DC Circuit yesterday dismissed the appeals of the FCC Net Neutrality order filed by Verizon and MetroPCS on the grounds that they were filed prematurely – no appeal can be taken until the order is published in the Federal Register, an event that has not yet occurred.
It would be a mistake to regard this as a defeat for the companies. Their decision to file an appeal at this point was a precautionary move taken because of the complex procedural tangle that surrounds issues of finality and appealability.  [For the …

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[ | 30 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Future History of Net Neutrality

While working on a non-DigSoc project, I ran across this statement from the Association of American Railroads:
The U.S. rail model is of “vertical integration,” in which a railroad generally both owns the track and operates trains over that track. The efficient U.S. model has resulted in huge productivity gains, sharply lower average rail rates, and massive reinvestment by railroads back into their systems.
• In fact, from 1980 through 2009, U.S. freight railroads reinvested more than $460 billion — more than 40 cents out of every revenue dollar — back into …

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[ | 25 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Facing the Truth, We All Love Walled Gardens

There was a recent article by Sam Biddle called “Facebook is AOLifying the Internet – and That Sucks”. It’s a pretty accurate take on what Facebook has become over the last few years as it considers many of the new features that Facebook has both developed and ripped off. The article itself was probably a slight ripoff of one that John C. Dvorak had produced some months earlier, “Facebook is the New AOL,” that was essentially in the same vein.

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[ | 16 Mar 2011 | 13 Comments | ]
How to recover 254 MHz of radio spectrum

Broadcast TV occupies 294 MHz of spectrum and much of that is wasted on inefficient radio architectures and video compression technologies. If we are serious about a national broadband plan, we should squeeze broadcast television down to 40 MHz and save 254 MHz of spectrum but still be able to broadcast 32 HD and 60 standard channels.

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[ | 16 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
And the Truth Will Make You Free

Perhaps even free of your employment.
When Hulu CEO Jason Kilar blogged his “thoughts about the future of TV” on the Hulu website, the reaction was strong:  “Is Jason Kilar Trying to Get Fired?” headlined a piece the next day on the WSJ’s All Things Digital site, noting that “some . . . believe Kilar wrote it so that his bosses–executives at News Corp.’s Fox, Disney’s ABC, and Comcast’s NBCU–will give him the hook.”
They same “some” also thought the piece “smart and well-written,” as indeed it is, so there seems to …

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[ | 14 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
The insignificance of a 250 GB usage cap

Now that AT&T is following the footsteps of Comcast by instituting a 250 GB per month usage cap on their broadband service (150 GB for slower DSL customers), much of the outcry from the blogosphere aren’t justified by the facts.  These caps are large enough that they are irrelevant to 98% of the subscribers, and the average AT&T DSL subscriber transfers a mere 18 GBs per month.  For the few subscribers affected by the usage cap, overage charges will be waved the first two months a subscriber exceeds the usage …

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[ | 1 Mar 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
The FCC & Regulatory Analysis

A recent House Energy & Commerce hearing on Network Neutrality and Internet Regulation: Warranted or More Economic Harm Than Good took up the quality of the FCC’s “market analysis,” and the question whether the agency had performed any such analysis at all. The FCC Chairman insisted that the work had been done and that it is “contained in the Order.” Others, such as McDowell, contravened this, insisting that no analysis existed. Some committee members wanted to know whether the analysis performed met the standards set forth by the OMB Office …

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[ | 1 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Does Public Knowledge Understand Competition?

“Why Unlimited Mobile-to-Mobile Calling is Evidence of a Lack of Wireless Competition”, suggests that there has been no competition in the wireless marketplace because AT&T is offering a new unlimited mobile-to-mobile plan. Mr. Weinberg claims that this new plan is evidence that there has not been competition in the market for some time.

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[ | 1 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
The misguided debate on cellphone safety

The same people protesting a 10 watt cell tower don’t seem to be as alarmed by TV towers broadcasting at over a million watt in the exact same VHF and UHF frequencies. By effectively paralyzing new cell tower construction, people are exposed to much higher cell phone transmit levels which are millions of times stronger than the cell tower due to close proximity.

CurrentHeader, Intellectual Property »

[ | 24 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Will Firefly Glow Again ?

Now, fans of the 2002 sci-fi series Firefly are adapting this collective action approach to bringing back their show. It started when the Science channel announced a showing of the 12-episode series, starting in March, and escalated when leading actor Nathan Fillion opined that he would love to pick up the role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds again and that if he had the money he would buy the rights and put the on the Internet. Others involved in the show chimed in with their support.