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Congress nudges FCC back to its primary mission

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve S.J. Res 34, a resolution that invalidates privacy rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission last December. The rules imposed common carrier privacy restrictions on broadband providers. Opponents of the Commission’s … Continue reading

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Net neutrality: An example of the progressive use of statism

Kevin Carson wrote a blog post on net neutrality for the Center for a Stateless Society last month where he describes the primary and secondary purposes of the state. According to Mr. Carson, the state’s primary purpose is the organized … Continue reading

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#NetNeutrality: Is @Netflix posturing?

The New York Times has an article talking about the net neutrality spat between edge provider Netflix and broadband access provider Verizon.  Netflix posted a warning to its subscribers blaming Verizon for a slow down in viewer streaming.  Verizon has … Continue reading

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Spectrum as natural capital

Natural capital is defined as any stock or flow of energy and material that produces goods and services.  Natural capital includes renewable and non-renewable resources.   By definition that should also include the electromagnetic field surrounding the Earth that we … Continue reading

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I’m less and less impressed with technology

In this glitzy, fast-paced world of new technology what I’m about to say is sacrilege, but I’m really not impressed with a lot of what is being produced, especially by the media darlings such as Yahoo!, Facebook, and Google.  In … Continue reading

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Let it go, Darrell. Let it go …

According to The Hill.com, Darrell Issa, Republican of California, wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate leaks from its staff to the media about the Google online search case. Mr. Issa is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and … Continue reading

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Mike Lee ignores where consumer welfare actually lies

According to The Hillicon Valley blog, Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, is going to keep his eye on Google, after the Internet search giant escaped a finding by the Federal Trade Commission of antitrust violations.  Mr. Lee is concerned … Continue reading

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Google provides new template for dealing with regulators

Great article in The New York Times today discussing Google’s strategy in its victory at the Federal Trade Commission.  I say victory because any event where onerous regulations or compliance requirements can be avoided is a win for the markets. … Continue reading

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Google-Motorola: The FTC stepped in because the sector failed to regulate itself

The Federal Trade Commission today told Google to behave itself and stick to its patent obligations, determining that there was not enough evidence to bring a legal action against Google.  The FTC’s mission is to protect competition, not to target … Continue reading

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Google redefinition of net neutrality and need for FCC to redefine itself

Patrick Hunter’s August 1, 2010 article in CedMagazine.com raises two important points. The first point goes to the definition of network neutrality. Net neutrality proponents have been diluting the definition of net neutrality over the past few months. It’s gone … Continue reading

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