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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How Many Times Has Michael "Dr. Doom" Copps Forecast an Internet Apocalypse?

How many times can FCC Commissioner Michael Copps declare the Internet dead? Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher bombastically bellowing sermons warning of the impending End Times, Commissioner Copps has made a hobby out of declaring the Internet dead and buried unless drastic steps are taken right now to save cyberspace! The problem is, he's being saying this for the past decade and yet, despite generally laissez-faire policy in this arena, the Internet is still very much alive and well.

His biggest beef, of course, is Net Neutrality regulation--or the current lack thereof. He fears that without such a "Mother, May I" regulatory regime in place, the whole cyber-world is heading for eternal damnation. Echoing the fears of other Internet hyper-pessimists, Copps concocts grand conspiracy stories of nefarious corporate schemers hell-bent on quashing our digital liberties and foreclosing all Internet freedom.

Way back in 2003, for example, Comm. Copps delivered a doozy of a sermon at the New America Foundation entitled, "The Beginning of the End of the Internet." In the speech, Copps lamented that the "Internet may be dying" and only immediate action by regulators can save the day. Copps laid on the sky-is-falling rhetoric fairly thick: "I think we are teetering on a precipice . . . we could be on the cusp of inflicting terrible damage on the Internet. If we embrace closed networks, if we turn a blind eye to discrimination, if we abandon the end-to-end principle and decide to empower only a few, we will have inflicted upon one of history's most dynamic and potentially liberating technologies shackles that make a mockery of all the good things that might have been."

But that's hardly the only such fire-and-brimstone sermon that Rev. Comm. Copps has delivered about the death of the Internet.

Continue reading How Many Times Has Michael "Dr. Doom" Copps Forecast an Internet Apocalypse? . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:33 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Google / Verizon Proposal May Be Important Compromise, But Regulatory Trajectory Concerns Many

Recently, the Washington Post opined that the best way for the FCC to "regulate the Internet" was through a moderate approach, one which places limited authority in the Commission to address behavior that violates long-standing Net Neutrality practices.

The paper notes that Net Neutrality has been "a rule tacitly understood by Internet users and providers alike" for more than a decade. It then mildly rebukes the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers - "a move [which] would be a serious step backwards," in their view.

Within this context, the Post sees important compromise in the Google / Verizon legislative proposal, "especially its designation of the FCC as an adjudicatory body such as the Federal Trade Commission rather than one with intrusive regulatory authority."

Continue reading Google / Verizon Proposal May Be Important Compromise, But Regulatory Trajectory Concerns Many . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:04 AM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Broadband Investment Leviathan

The August 5th issue of The Economist had a compelling cover story entitled "Leviathan, Inc." in which the author notes "[p]oliticians are reviving the notion that intervening in individual industries and companies can drive growth and create jobs." But direct, long-term government management of companies, corporations or, worst yet, entire industries has proven time and again not to be successful.

Simply put, the head of a company makes decisions to maximize the outcome for that company and its owners or shareholders. Any government employee—even one in a role as acting head of a private company—is legally required to make decisions under a far stricter set of guidelines. Guidelines which force the decisions to be made for what is best not for the business they are charged with operating, but for the country as a whole. This is the case even if the decision made by the bureaucrat will result in a 'net negative' to the company and its owners/shareholders.

The article's anonymous author suggests that instead of "pick[ing] winners and coddl[ing] losers," government should improve the environment for all business by reducing regulations, investing in infrastructure, and "encourage winners to emerge by themselves, for example through the sort of incentive prizes that are growing increasingly popular."

Continue reading The Broadband Investment Leviathan . . .

posted by Adam Marcus @ 2:03 PM | Broadband, Communications, Economics, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, The FCC

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pub Interest Groups Decry Sunlight - Say It's Corrupting FCC Net Neutrality Process


techdirt's hit kind of a new low in the divisive Net Neutrality debate. Mike Masnick writes that the telcos have got their Net Neutrality deal with the FCC because, well, they have some mighty deep pockets, and they're prepared to use them - either for-or-agin the Dems - come election season. Consequently, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had no choice but to back down from his Net Neutrality / Reclassification madness and give the big boys what they want.

C'mon, Mike! You make the National Enquirer blush.

The "reporting" follows the well worn meme espoused by the Left that when the going gets tough, and the deal looks like it ain't cutting their way - then blame the "monopolists" for corrupting the process. Good lord, get a new riff already.

Free Press, Public Knowledge, MAP and OIC lobbyists (among other "reformistas") have practically installed themselves at the FCC since day one (I think I saw their cots, bedrolls and toiletries there the other day). To claim that they've been left-out strains credulity (as this FCC blog reveals).

Let's see. They've gotten their lobbying dollar's worth out of the Open Internet / Net Neutrality NPRM; the National Broadband Plan; the Wireless Competition Report; the Third Way Statement; the Third Way NOI; the 706 Report; and have supped at the FCC table throughout the "closed-door" Net Neutrality meetings.

Compromise will happen. It should. This is a highly charged debate that has divided many. The FCC hasn't helped any by trying to avoid the will of Congress, end-running around key court decisions, and attempting to jam an innovation-killing rule down the throats of American broadband consumers.

Though I think the Commission is wrong to try to regulate the Internet through broadband Reclassification, I also recognize that some discussion - possibly one that reaches compromise - should occur.

What I do not think is helpful is the idea, seemingly shared by the public interest groups, that "it's our way or no way; and if you get in the way of that - then you're a corrupt SOB."

Mike, remember the elementary school admonition - "sticks and stones..."? I'll bet the network providers do, and it's helped them keep their eye on the ball to ensure that a reasoned ruling comes out of the FCC.

The opposite would be corrupt - a closed process decided by a small handful of elite, "consumer advocates," impervious to reason, debate or the sunlight of opposing viewpoints. Until this summer, it looked like it was going in this direction. Now, thankfully, the process appears to be more inclusive - one which may result in a more fair outcome for all involved.

posted by Mike Wendy @ 8:12 AM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

FCC & Free Press - Send Lawyers, Guns and Money to Regulate the Internet

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

So goes the FCC's stacked "706 Report" on broadband this week, which said that Americans aren't getting broadband in a "reasonable and timely basis," the first negative conclusion since the report's inception.

Using the standard developed in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) - which recommends "that every household in America have access to affordable broadband service offering actual download (i.e., to the customer) speeds of at least 4 Mbps and actual upload (i.e., from the customer) speeds of at least 1 Mbps" - the Commission determined that by this benchmark "broadband remains unavailable to approximately 14 to 24 million Americans." (Not that 14 - 24 million Americans don't have high-speed access, as has erroneously been reported.)

The FCC is building its war chest so that it can justify Lilliputian Internet regulation of network providers. Through a number of recent proceedings, statements and reports - e.g., the Open Internet NPRM, Cellular Competition Report, and "Third Way" NOI - the 706 Report traffics in the same meme: network providers just aren't doing their job, so they must be coerced or shamed into proper "compliance."

Not uncharacteristically, The Free Press heralded the new, rather dour (and now redundant) broadband assessment. Said the lugubrious, special interest lobbyists - "Now that the FCC has taken the first step of acknowledging America's broadband problem, we hope that it will advance policies to reverse this decline though the promotion of real competition and true consumer choice."

Continue reading FCC & Free Press - Send Lawyers, Guns and Money to Regulate the Internet . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:20 AM | Broadband, Capitalism, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, Software, The FCC, Universal Service, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Keep the Internet Corporate-Free Says Anti-Business Free Press

I just have to chuckle at this sophomore opinion piece recently penned by the Free Press. Its main memes: Corporations are evil. Do not trust corporations, because they are evil. And, oh by the way, corporations want to control you and the FCC, because...they are evil.

Good golly, we get it.

Continue reading Keep the Internet Corporate-Free Says Anti-Business Free Press . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 8:52 AM | Broadband, Capitalism, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Camel Puts Nose under Tent with FCC "Wireless Model" for Internet Regulation

Julius Genachowski claims his "Third Way" approach to taking over the Internet looks a lot like the benign "wireless model" of regulation.

If it were true, that would be a good thing.

According to Genachowski:

In its approach to wireless communications, Congress mandated that the FCC subject wireless communications to the same Title II provisions generally applicable to telecommunications services while also directing that the FCC consider forbearing from the application of many of these provisions to the wireless marketplace. The Commission did significantly forbear, and the telecommunications industry has repeatedly and resoundingly lauded this approach as well-suited to an emerging technology and welcoming to investment and innovation. In short, the proposed approach is already tried and true.
Presumably, the "wireless model," if applied to the Internet, would spur growth and innovation. But I have a question. In the FCC's NOI, how does the wireless model of "light regulation" apply to, er, the wireless model?

I haven't quite figured out the circularity of that one yet.

Oh, well. Maybe I shouldn't waste my time trying. It seems more apparent than ever that for wireless and wireline broadband service it's not really about regulating "downward" - i.e., deregulating, as is the hallmark of the "wireless model" - but instead, regulating "upward," thus adding regulation.

Continue reading Camel Puts Nose under Tent with FCC "Wireless Model" for Internet Regulation . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:08 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, Spectrum, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The FCC Gets Real Schlick

Said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on May 6th, "The [Comcast] opinion therefore creates a serious problem that must be solved so that the Commission can implement important, commonsense broadband policies..."

I'll say. It's a problem, alright. Yet the chutzpah of the ensuing NOI process - in particular, the FCC asking whether its Net Neutrality workaround to reclassify the transmission element of broadband as a Title II service is worth doing / can be done - doesn't make it any better.

Continue reading The FCC Gets Real Schlick . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:03 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, PFF, The FCC

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

FCC Seeks to Regulate the Internet...Because It Can

As I touched on last night, I can't say as I was surprised by today's announcement by the FCC to move toward full-blown Internet regulation. Voting along party lines, the three Democratic FCC Commissioners expressed their wholehearted belief that their regulation of the Internet - not de facto marketplace regulation - was the only way to protect consumers and Americans.

The Comcast v. FCC decision should have rebooted the Commission's discredited Net Neutrality ambitions. Yet instead, the FCC appears moving closer toward questionable new rules, using specious authority to get there. Such an exercise in regulatory hubris is truly confounding, especially in light of the facts and a clear consensus that the Internet must remain free from stultifying regulation.

Make no bones about it, the FCC's NOI today will work to regulate the Internet, and poorly at that. It takes a yellowed, dog-eared page from a 19th Century industrial policy playbook, and seeks to graft that on to the rapidly evolving Internet. Ultimately, it will prove offensive to American consumers, as well as those innovating at the core and edge of America's broadband networks.

Continue reading FCC Seeks to Regulate the Internet...Because It Can . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 4:54 PM | Broadband, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, PFF, The FCC

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FCC "Third Way" Plan = Beginning of Big Government Broadband Era

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to adopt a Notice of Inquiry opening a new proceeding to regulate the Internet by reclassifying it under Title II of the Communications Act. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski calls this his "Third Way" plan. In a PFF press release, I issued the following response:

In its ongoing 'by-any-means-necessary' quest to regulate the Internet via Net Neutrality mandates, Chairman Genachowski's FCC continues to flaunt the rule of law and magically invent its own authority as it goes along. If this Chairman wants to bring the Net under his thumb and regulate broadband networks like plain-vanilla public utilities, he should ask Congress for the authority to pursue such imperial ambitions. As the law stands today, the FCC has no such authority. Indeed, the unambiguously deregulatory thrust of the Telecom Act of 1996 stands in stark contrast to Chairman Genachowski's outdated vision for Big Government Broadband.

The FCC stands on the cusp of killing one of the great deregulatory success stories of modern economic history by reviving the discredited regulatory industrial policies of the 19th Century. The revisionism about that epoch is dead wrong: Price controls and protected markets limited choice and stifled innovation. With the agency rolling back the regulatory clock in this fashion, today marks the beginning of the Internet's "Lost Decade" of stymied investment, innovation, and job creation as all sides wage battle over the legality of reclassification and its implementation.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:34 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

No Such Thing As Regulatory Predictability When It's Built on an Illusion of Authority

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:48 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, PFF, Regulation, The FCC, Wireline

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event transcript: "What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:44 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Communications, DACA, The FCC

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

AT&T's New Wireless Pricing Plan - Does It Help in the Net Neutrality Debate?

posted by Mike Wendy @ 12:57 AM | Broadband, Capitalism, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC, Wireline

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Chill Speech, Serve Cold

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:19 AM | Communications, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, State Policy, The FCC

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mr. Scott Goes to the State Department

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:09 PM | Broadband, Capitalism, Capitol Hill, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Open Source, Regulation, The FCC

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Abolishing the FCC and Other Fun Thoughts

posted by Mike Wendy @ 2:11 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Local Franchising, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Net Neutrality, PFF, Regulation, Spectrum, State Policy, The FCC, The FTC, Universal Service, Wireless

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Thoughts on Democratic Proposal to Update Communications Act

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:34 PM | Communications, DACA, PFF, The FCC

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

FCC Wireless Report Punts - Effective Competition Actually Prevails

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:25 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, The FCC, Wireless

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Constructive Alternative to Net Neutrality Regulation & Title II Reclassification

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:02 PM | Broadband, DACA, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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FCC Wireless Report Should Conclude Market Competitive, But Will It?

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:58 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

First Amendment Meddling Is Against the Public Interest

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:38 AM | Capitol Hill, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Privacy, Regulation, The FCC, The FTC

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Monday, May 10, 2010

event video: "What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:49 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Will Brand X Really Save the FCC's "Third Way" Plan?

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 5:35 PM | The FCC

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Friday, May 7, 2010

The Comcast Decision, the FCC's Third Way and the Next Communications Act

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:04 PM | Broadband, The FCC

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

NPR Interview on FCC's Third Way

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:31 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Cyber-Security, DACA, Internet, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, Privacy, Security, The FCC

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The Problem with Title II Reclassification of the Internet in a Picture

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 AM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

FCC: Toothless Regulator or Cop on the Beat?

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:28 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

event: May 7th - What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:00 PM | Communications, DACA, Events, The FCC

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Monday, April 26, 2010

PFF LTE in NY Times - Let's Not Regulate the Internet

posted by Mike Wendy @ 1:00 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, PFF, Regulation, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, April 23, 2010

K Street Misinformation Pours into Gutter - FCC Must Know Limits of Its Magic

posted by Mike Wendy @ 2:28 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Reclassification of Broadband Internet Access: No Slam Dunk

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 1:52 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, The FCC, Wireline

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Friday, April 9, 2010

What Accounts for Sudden Public Opposition to Internet Regulation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:16 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

2 Radio Shows about the Comcast v. FCC Decision

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:19 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Nobles Must Follow the Law

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:16 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Verizon's Tom Tauke Calls for Congressional Overhaul of Telecom Act; New Regime

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:58 AM | Broadband, Communications, The FCC

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Friday, March 19, 2010

States - Leave No Taxable Opportunity Behind

posted by Mike Wendy @ 4:24 PM | Broadband, E-commerce, Generic Rant, Internet, State Policy, Supreme Court, Taxes, The FCC

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The FCC's National Broadband Jigsaw Puzzle

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 3:57 PM | Broadband, The FCC

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Best Quote in the FCC National Broadband Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:57 PM | Broadband, The FCC

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Monday, March 15, 2010

media notice: Tuesday's Diane Rehm Show (NPR) on National Broadband Plan

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:39 PM | Broadband, The FCC

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What's in a Word?

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:50 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Can These Numbers Be Right? FCC Paperwork Nightmare = 57 Million "Burden Hours"!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:42 AM | The FCC

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Reflections on Richard Bennett's "Going Mobile: Technology and Policy Issues in the Mobile Internet"

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 2:19 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Public Hearings Done Right

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 10:07 AM | The FCC

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Will the FCC's Nat'l Broadband Plan Be "Full Employment for Lawyers"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:17 AM | Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Running for the Hills: A View from Wall Street on Reclassification of Broadband Internet as Title II Service

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 8:42 PM | Broadband, Communications, The FCC

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Reason TV on Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:28 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Welcome to the Wide World of Title II Regulation Google!

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:01 AM | Broadband, Internet, Regulation, The FCC, Wireline

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Demystification of Net Neutrality

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 8:32 AM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Chill Wind Blows

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 3:27 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Groundhog Day 2010: Should the FCC Reclassify Broadband Internet Service?

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 9:29 PM | Broadband, Communications, Internet, Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

State of the Net: summary of remarks by FCC Commissioners Copps & Baker

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:52 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, The FCC

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Friday, January 15, 2010

R.I.P. Ancillary Jurisdiction; Hello Common Carriage

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 12:44 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC, Wireline

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Marquee "Old Media" Advertising Event Has Lost Some Luster

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:08 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Transcript of PFF Event on Broadcast Spectrum Reallocation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, Spectrum, The FCC

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Post Closes All of its National News Bureaus!

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 9:40 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Forward Progress at the FCC

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:44 AM | The FCC, Universal Service

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Is the FCC Becoming the Federal Cloud Commission?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:18 PM | Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reviving Open Access

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 5:36 PM | Cable, Net Neutrality, Neutrality, The FCC

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Friday, November 6, 2009

A Quantum Gap in Jurisdiction

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:20 AM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Paralysis by Analysis -- The FCC's Failure to Respond to the Death Throes of Journalism

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 10:22 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

"I Hate to Introduce Reality into an FCC Proceeding"

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 2:47 PM | Communications, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Monday, October 26, 2009

event reminder: "Coase's FCC at 50" (Thur. 9am at George Mason Law School)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:16 PM | Spectrum, The FCC

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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Internet: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Break It

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 2:53 PM | Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mixed Messages on Net Neutrality

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 3:48 PM | Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Apple, Spotify & the Threat of FCC High-Tech Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:29 AM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Of Dynamic Media, Steamed Dinners, and Bare Breasts

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 2:37 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Supreme Court, The FCC

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Green Shoots at the FCC

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:01 AM | Communications, The FCC

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Good-Bye, Humpty Dumpty?

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:52 PM | Broadband, Cable, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Belt & Suspenders

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 5:03 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Slate's Manjoo on Apple iPhone Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:05 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Wireless

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The "Firstness" of the First Amendment

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 10:38 AM | Free Speech, Internet Governance, The FCC

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Friday, March 27, 2009

I Hate To Say "We Told You So" (Part II)

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 8:30 AM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

An Interesting P2P Usage Study from ISU's Digital Citizen Project

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 5:19 PM | IP, Internet, Privacy, The FCC

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Hate To Say "We Told You So," But Can't Help Myself

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 3:46 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Capitol Hill, Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, March 2, 2009

This Just in from the "Kick a Man While He's Down" Commission

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 11:11 AM | Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Vertical Dis-integration

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 2:29 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, February 6, 2009

A Tale of Two Reports

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 11:03 AM | Cable, Communications, Internet TV, The FCC

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Free at Last

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 8:04 AM | The FCC

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Ars on "Better FCC Indecency Complaints"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:50 PM | Free Speech, The FCC

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Most Important Number for Technology Policy in 2009

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:48 PM | Capitol Hill, Communications, E-commerce, Internet, The FCC

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Cable's Adventures in FCC Land

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 3:38 PM | Cable, The FCC

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lessig on Building a Better Bureaucrat

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:53 PM | Communications, Generic Rant, The FCC

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Another Day, Another Billion or So Unaccounted For

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:22 AM | The FCC, Universal Service

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chairman Martin's A La Carte Crusade Exposed

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:30 PM | A La Carte, Cable, The FCC

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More FCC Support Fund Follies

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:19 PM | Communications, The FCC

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Friday, November 21, 2008

High Speed Dragnet

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:09 AM | Cable, The FCC

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Call Me Ishmael

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:31 PM | Cable, The FCC

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pile Up

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 12:41 PM | Digital TV, The FCC

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Crash & Burn

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 1:35 PM | The FCC

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Exactly Backwards

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 4:55 PM | Broadband, The FCC, Wireless

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Of Hobgoblins and Kings

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 11:14 AM | Broadband, Communications, Spectrum, The FCC

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The King Can Do No Wrong, Or Do As I Say, Not As I Do

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:49 PM | A La Carte, Sports, The FCC

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

High-Speed Fleece Award

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 3:12 PM | Digital TV, The FCC

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Friday, October 10, 2008

MAP in Wonderland

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 7:02 PM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Cutting the (Video) Cord: The Shift to Online Video Continues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 PM | Broadband, Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, October 3, 2008

The Nonsensical World of Washington

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:25 PM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

FCC Reform: Scalpel or Steamroller

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 11:38 AM | Capitol Hill, The FCC

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tim Wu on Obama, McCain, and "a Chicken in Every Pot"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:20 PM | Broadband, Cable, Campaign Finance Law, Commons, Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another 4 months, still no FCC Video Competition Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:12 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Fig Leaf Removed: Competition, Localism, and Diversity Have Become Nothing More Than a Slogan

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 9:12 AM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Where is the FCC's Annual Video Competition Report?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:05 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Economics, The FCC

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

USA Today's story about the Martin FCC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:26 AM | Cable, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Lessig on "blowing up the FCC"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:22 AM | The FCC

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Does "the public" really communicate with the FCC?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cable TV "Gatekeeper" Myths Debunked

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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National Review on FCC's Cable War

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:33 PM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

FCC Budget: Out of Control

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Setting the Record Straight on Current FCC Policies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 AM | A La Carte, Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bruce Owen on "Antecedents to Net Neutrality"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:24 PM | Cable, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Is Video the Next VoIP?

posted by Patrick Ross @ 12:36 AM | The FCC

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Need. More. TV.

posted by Scott Wallsten @ 3:47 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Internet, Local Franchising, The FCC, Wireline

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Why Does FCC Spending Keep Growing?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:00 PM | The FCC

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The new broadband statistics are out!

posted by Scott Wallsten @ 9:04 PM | Broadband, Communications, Internet, Spectrum, The FCC

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Slate's Jack Shafer on "The Case for Killing the FCC"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:34 AM | Spectrum, The FCC

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ongoing T/BLS recriminations

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:45 PM | Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Alfred Kahn on Net Neutrality

posted by Patrick Ross @ 3:45 PM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Momentum for the FTC?

posted by Ray Gifford @ 10:41 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Net Neutrality, The FCC, The FTC

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Let the FTC Do It

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:21 AM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Reverse Auctions--A Worthy Idea

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:46 AM | The FCC, Universal Service

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Friday, June 9, 2006

Rhetoric vs. Reality

posted by Patrick Ross @ 2:32 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Capitol Hill, DACA, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Coping with COPE

posted by Ray Gifford @ 2:09 AM | Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Net Neutrality, State Policy, The FCC

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Net Neutrality--How Competition Policy Handles It

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:49 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Capitol Hill, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Friday, May 5, 2006

Thierer the Burkean Conservative?

posted by Ray Gifford @ 7:25 PM | Communications, Generic Rant, The FCC

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Thursday, April 6, 2006

New Neutrality Proposals: Ask Me No Questions, Tell Me No . . .

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:54 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Adjudicating Network Neutrality: Upsides, Downsides and Practical Implications

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:47 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Network Neutrality: It's the Jurisdiction, Stupid

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:22 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, VoIP, Wireline

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Did Senators Hear Randy's Call for Reform?

posted by @ 8:43 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, State Policy, The FCC, Think Tanks, Wireline

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Post-Trinko: Toward an Holistic Approach to Antitrust and Broadband Regulation

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:21 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Communications, Internet, Supreme Court, The FCC, The FTC

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Theoretically Speaking: Trinko and Broadband

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 12:19 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, November 18, 2005

In Search of Appropriate Social Goals in Communications Regulation

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:12 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Questions about FCC Indecency Numbers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:34 PM | Free Speech, The FCC

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Thursday, November 3, 2005

State and Localities Put on Notice

posted by @ 6:37 PM | Broadband, Cable, State Policy, The FCC

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A Silver Lining to Net Neutrality Merger Conditions?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 4:02 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Another test drive for net neutrality?

posted by Ray Gifford @ 6:10 PM | Cable, The FCC

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Capitulatory Regulation: Half-Baked Regulatory Ideas Have Their Heyday

posted by Ray Gifford @ 12:42 PM | The FCC

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Crossing Thresholds: Questioning the Ends and Means of Social Regulation in Communications

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:38 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, General, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Communications Reform and "Social" Obligations: Looking for Another Way

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:27 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireline

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

FCC's Katrina Site

posted by Patrick Ross @ 10:49 AM | The FCC

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Monday, September 12, 2005

To Be or Not to Be: EBay as Phone Company?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 3:00 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireline

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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Public Safety Tradeoffs Post-Katrina

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 5:37 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Internet, Interoperability, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Do Markets Work? Comparing Computing and Communications over the Past Decade

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:01 AM | General, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, August 26, 2005

The FCC Has Heeded The Call

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 11:56 AM | The FCC

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

GoogleTalk and Net Neutrality: A Cautionary Tale

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:39 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, VoIP, Wireline

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Answering the Call?

posted by @ 3:01 PM | Cable, Capitol Hill, State Policy, The FCC

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Is Section 621(a)(1) Unreasonable?

posted by @ 2:51 PM | Cable, State Policy, The FCC

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Non-Aspen Post of the Day

posted by @ 11:44 AM | Capitol Hill, State Policy, The FCC

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Friday, August 19, 2005

The FCC and Organization Development

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 10:17 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Spectrum, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Downsides to Deregulating Broadband??

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 7:00 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Net Neutrality Mandates After the FCC's Policy Statement

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:05 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireline

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Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Interconnection

posted by Ray Gifford @ 2:18 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, The FCC, Wireline

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

Wireline Deregulation: A Broadband Review Lesson

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 9:52 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, Universal Service, Wireline

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Friday, July 29, 2005

A Bouquet for the Commission

posted by @ 2:11 PM | Capitol Hill, State Policy, The FCC

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Broadband Post-Brand X: The Long and Winding Road

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 3:50 PM | Broadband, Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Wireline

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Monday, June 20, 2005

The Origins of DACA

posted by Ray Gifford @ 8:22 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, The FCC

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Friday, June 3, 2005

Filling the Ranks

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 4:53 PM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, May 27, 2005

The Competition and Industrial Policy Paradox

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:26 PM | The FCC

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Tip of the PFF Cap to Kevin Martin

posted by Patrick Ross @ 9:55 AM | The FCC

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Broadcast Flag and Minimum Requirements for Broadband

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:51 PM | Broadband, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP

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Sunday, May 8, 2005

The Art of the DTV Deal: Continued

posted by Ray Gifford @ 5:15 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Digital TV, Spectrum, The FCC, Wireless

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Friday, May 6, 2005

What's Left of Title I After the Broadcast Flag Case?

posted by Ray Gifford @ 4:15 PM | Broadband, Cable, Digital TV, IP, The FCC

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Friday, April 29, 2005

FCC Makes Slew of Important Appointments

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:51 PM | The FCC

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Another Lesson from a Mad River, Courtesy of Professor Lessig

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:25 AM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Brand X: Whither FCC Deference?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:11 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Supreme Court, The FCC

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

After the Level 3 Petition

posted by Ray Gifford @ 12:19 PM | Communications, The FCC, VoIP, Wireline

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Martin as Chair

posted by Randolph May @ 2:22 PM | The FCC

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Broadband and Internet Voice: Lessons from a Mad River

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:02 PM | Broadband, Communications, The FCC, VoIP

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Sunday, March 6, 2005

The VoIP Blocking Consent Decree

posted by @ 6:24 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP

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Friday, February 25, 2005

Calling Card Classification Confusion

posted by Randolph May @ 9:49 AM | The FCC

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Bush Priorities for Telecom: Another Hopeful Sign

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:58 PM | The FCC

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

AT&T Loses $500 Million Gamble

posted by @ 9:13 PM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Communications, The FCC

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Two Mikes Agree With May On Sunshine

posted by Randolph May @ 12:07 PM | The FCC

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Wednesday, February 9, 2005

FCC Growth in Tight Budget Year

posted by Randolph May @ 12:32 PM | The FCC

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Thursday, February 3, 2005

Digital State of the Union: Details to Follow (?)

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:19 PM | Communications, The FCC

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Digital Age Communications Act

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:31 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, The FCC, Wireless

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Classification Axioms

posted by Randolph May @ 6:07 PM | Communications, The FCC

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Plea for Priorities Over Personalities at the FCC

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 3:37 PM | The FCC

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Monday, January 24, 2005

On the next Chairman...find the next Fred Kahn

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:25 AM | The FCC

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Tech Day at the Supreme Court...

posted by @ 4:17 PM | IP, Supreme Court, The FCC

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Powell's Departure

posted by Randolph May @ 1:57 PM | The FCC

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In search (and praise) of successful temperament

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 12:09 PM | The FCC

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Abernathy Mispeaks, Methinks

posted by Randolph May @ 7:43 PM | The FCC

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Your FCC at Work

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:25 AM | The FCC

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

9, 8, 2...Can You Find the Pattern?

posted by @ 2:30 PM | Communications, The FCC

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Dodging another appellate bullet

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:09 AM | Broadband, State Policy, The FCC

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

From their Cold Dead Hands....

posted by @ 6:20 PM | State Policy, The FCC, VoIP

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Decent Satire

posted by @ 1:48 PM | The FCC

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

TRO: Temporary Restraint in Order

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 2:55 PM | Communications, The FCC

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Choice Words

posted by @ 1:37 PM | The FCC

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Ho, ho, ho...hum

posted by Ray Gifford @ 10:17 AM | The FCC

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Powell Reprise on "'Net Freedom"

posted by @ 7:43 PM | Broadband, E-commerce, The FCC

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Monday, November 29, 2004

When You Come To A Fork In The Road

posted by Randolph May @ 7:53 PM | The FCC

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Biz Week on "Spectrum Showdown"

posted by @ 2:05 PM | The FCC

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Primary Line Restriction Gets "the Heisman"

posted by @ 2:43 PM | Communications, The FCC

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Well done, albeit not done yet

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:40 AM | The FCC, VoIP

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WTO Regulating the Internet?

posted by Patrick Ross @ 9:23 AM | The FCC, VoIP

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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Recognizing the Value of Facilities Investment

posted by Randolph May @ 1:08 PM | The FCC, VoIP

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VoIP State Freedom Day

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:49 AM | The FCC, VoIP

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Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Vonage Petition on Tap

posted by @ 7:01 PM | The FCC, VoIP

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

And another thing . . .

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 4:00 PM | The FCC, VoIP

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Monday, October 18, 2004

The Middlemen Win

posted by @ 9:35 PM | The FCC, Wireless

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Sunday, October 17, 2004

FCC Reform Blogsplosion IV--Guest Blogger

posted by Randolph May @ 1:10 PM | The FCC

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Saturday, October 16, 2004

"Spectrum"

posted by Ray Gifford @ 3:58 PM | The FCC

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FCC Reform Blogsplosion III: Personnel is Policy

posted by Ray Gifford @ 3:49 PM | The FCC

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