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[ | 24 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Torrenting Establishing Its Own Free Market

I had the opportunity to read a paper by several professors at the University of Madrid, Darmstadt University of Technology, and the University of Oregon a few weeks back on the subject of Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing often referred to in passing as “torrenting”.

CurrentHeader, Digital Insight, Internet, Wrong On The Internet »

[ | 18 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Parsing Genachowski’s response to Marsha Blackburn

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) grilled FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski about the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, and whether the rules would cover disputes like the one between Level 3 and Comcast. Genachowski evaded the question and even misrepresented his own rules to preserve the flexibility for future FCC intervention and overreach.

CurrentHeader, Digital Economy »

[ | 15 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Mobile Payments & the Durbin Amendment

A hot topic in the smartphone field is mobile payments, especially Near Field Technology (NFC), as an alternative to debit cards.
However, I don’t recall seeing, in any of the discussions of mobile payments, much about the possible impact of the Durbin Amendment, the provision added to Dodd-Frank that imposes fee caps and multi-network requirements on the world of debit cards.
The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) is charged with issuing rules to implement Durbin, and its proposal is now out for comment. So it was interesting to see, right there at Vol. …

CurrentHeader, Digital Insight, Wireless »

[ | 14 Feb 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Smartphones with image arrays can threaten higher end cameras

Smartphones are already a large source of images posted on photo sharing sites like Flickr because of their ubiquitous mobile Internet connectivity. New image array cameras could make smartphones even more dominant, even against higher end compact point-n-shoot cameras.

CurrentHeader, Internet, Media, Wrong On The Internet »

[ | 7 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Conflating DPI with Egypt to exploit a crisis

Deep packet inspection or web crawlers had nothing to do with the Egyptian Internet shutdown, but Free Press rarely lets facts get in the way of exploiting a good crisis to call for government hearings. Ironically, it was Free Press asking the FCC to regulate Internet speech for decency.

CurrentHeader, Intellectual Property »

[ | 4 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
“An Estimate of Infringing Use of the Internet”

The good news is that the adults seem to be taking over as the stakeholders in the Internet are increasingly aware that this is a joint problem, and not a Hobbesian war of all against all. No one knows the optimum path, but one principle should be to minimize the role of government and maximize the role of the private actors.

CurrentHeader, Wireless »

[ | 3 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
All wireless networks are shared and limited

Why all the “Net Neutrality” screaming about Verizon throttling 5% of the heaviest users? Even under the strictest Net Neutrality rules, a fair sharing throttling scheme is reasonable and legal. For wireless networks, it’s the only way to keep the network operational for everyone.

CurrentHeader, Internet, Wrong On The Internet »

[ | 31 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Enough alarmism on peering disputes from all sides

The new report commissioned by European broadband providers speaks of an impending crisis if content providers don’t pay up while the content providers continue to propagate the myth that all websites should run at the same speed regardless of what they pay. But both sides are being ridiculous and their alarmism could lead to nasty political outcomes that they will both regret.

CurrentHeader, Internet »

[ | 31 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Connections, Distractions, and Time

Increasingly, value on the Internet will be provided by services that filter out distractions and repetitions. One of the best mechanisms for this is payment. From my point of view, the information that is most likely to be valuable to me is that for which the provider demands payment from me, for the obvious reason that if I do not receive value then I will not pay and the provider will not have a business. An alternative is the situation where the provider must pay money to reach me, again, because if the transaction does not add value somewhere then it will not occur.

CurrentHeader, Internet, Video & Gaming, Wrong On The Internet »

[ | 27 Jan 2011 | 16 Comments | ]
Netflix lobbying for broadband consumers to subsidize Netflix

Netflix and its CDN partners want the media and the government to pressure and force consumers to subsidize Netflix to the tune of thousands of Gbps of free bandwidth. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is misleading all of us when he says that Netflix already pays their share of the bandwidth costs and that they deserve free server capacity.