Tech at Night: The real motivation of the Net Neutrality gang
I like to point out how the Net Neutrality / Title II Reclassification gang makes inconsistent arguments, for example complaining about ‘fast lanes’ even as it pushes for Title II which would allow ‘fast lanes’.
Well, it turns out if you scratch beneath that inconsistent surface, you get the real motivation: “to hobble corporations”. They think that’s the job of the FCC.
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Tech at Night: Net Neutrality update
The fact that the Net Neutrality and “Title II Reclassification” debates are being driven by myths and falsehoods seems to be getting out.
Which is why we now see them getting more desperate.
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Tech at Night: The Democrats get into the broadcast decency game
I’m old enough to remember 2001. Back in the early days of the Bush administration, the new Bush FCC took an active role in enforcing the decency rules that had gotten pretty much ignored under the Clinton administration. This enforcement culminated with the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, featuring Janet Jackson.
Democrats naturally were outraged. But, fast forward ten years, and now Democrats are talking about pushing their own broadcast decency preferences, against the Washington Redskins.
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Tech at Night: This lie threatens to expand government greatly
Net Neutrality has failed in the courts over and over again. Some on the far left are talking about renaming the movement, others continue to hammer away at it as-is. Still more have given on on Net Neutrality as the means to get a government power grab on the Internet.
Title II Reclassification is the new gimmick. They’re willing to lie to get it and the power grab would disrupt the economy.
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This is why it may be hard to use the Web today
Today, September 10, a coalition of extremists and cronyist rent-seekers are going to join together to ‘protest’ freedom of enterprise, by having a fake slowdown of the Internet.
In particular Netflix, already known for lying about congestion issues, will join this attempt to deceive the American people into thinking we need, right now, a massive expansion of government regulation onto the Internet.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t break the Net.
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Tech at Night: This DC establishment leader talks tough on ‘fast lanes’ but keeps on using them herself
Right now there’s a huge astroturf campaign going on, spamblasting fake messages to the FCC, pretending that there’s this giant grassroots army of opposition to the idea that people or businesses should be able to pay ISPs for faster service. This is what they’re calling “fast lanes” and the progressives are having a fit.
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Tech at Night: Don’t Break the Net
Don’t break the net. Internet access should not be a public utility. It has nothing to do with Net Neutrality. It would kill investment and expansion of high speed services to more people. More regulations hurt the little guy more than the big guy. Regulations hinder competition. Fast lanes become more likely. Netflix is just playing games to get a competitive advantage just like every other lobbying business. And once this gets in, FCC will go all out, the same way it always does.
This is a good site, covering a number of myths about the proposed Title II Reclassification, a dramatic step the radicals are pushing for the FCC to do, basically overturning a key concept of the bipartisan Telecommunications Act, and re-regulating the Internet as a phone service. It’s a terrible idea.
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Net Neutrality: How Sponsored Data Plans Would Promote Competition on the ‘Edge’
This is the fourth post in the CBIT net neutrality series. I’ve previously explained how the theory of ‘gatekeeper control’ underlying the FCC’s 2010 approach to net neutrality is applicable to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet services, applications, or content — a category of ‘non-ISP gatekeepers’ that includes the mobile operating systems offered by Apple and Google. The FCC has nevertheless | Read More »
VIDEO: The Obama Administration is Uber-Regulation, Inc. – And It’s Killing the Economy
Is the Barack Obama Administration more than a mite out of control when it comes to imposing new regulations? Indeed so. Regulations Under Obama Cost Households $14,768 Yearly Obama Hits the Gas on Regs Regulations Take $1.8 Trillion Bite Out of Economy Is the Obama Administration more than a little off on their regulations assessments? Indeed so. Obama Regs Cost 20-Times Admin’s Estimate Twenty 9-0 | Read More »
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Political Ads Are Litmus Test for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
Since he took the helm of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, the former chief cable industry lobbyist, has come under fire for playing favorites with his former employers. Now, the embattled Chairman is scrambling to clean up the mess caused by exempting pay-TV operators from political ad disclosures as candidates gear up for the election this November. The law has long required broadcast television stations, cable operators, and satellite | Read More »
Tech at Night: Thursday Morning Leftist Insanity Edition
Public Knowledge, one of the extreme leftists organizations pushing for socialized Internet, with Net Neutrality as the latest wedge to grow government, has been at this a while. One of their own, Gigi Sohn, even left to go work at the FCC to fight for extremism from within. And now we find out just how extreme they are.
Harold Feld, their Senior Vice President and Legal Director, has decided publicly to make fun of critics of the plan they support for government regulation of the Internet, Title II Reclassification of Internet services as … suddenly no longer information services for some reason. He decided to bring up ebola, even as right now people are actually dying of it, and it’s a fear people are actually having right now. Alinskyite tactics here, folks. Just push emotional buttons rather than engage on the issues.
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Net Neutrality: Title II Forbearance Is a Pig in a Poke
This is the third post in the CBIT net neutrality series. Previous posts in the series are available HERE and HERE. The previous post in this series concluded that the gatekeeper theory of net neutrality regulation is radically over-broad under Title II and inconsistent with the competition theory of communications regulation set forth by Congress in the Communications Act. The proponents of Title II reclassification are trying to sell the FCC on | Read More »
Net Neutrality: FCC Gatekeeper Theory Applies to Google, Apple, and Netflix
This is the second post in a series addressing fundamental questions presented by the prospect of applying per se net neutrality rules under Title II. The first post is available HERE. The first post in this series concluded that the logic of the gatekeeper theory the FCC used to justify the imposition of per se net neutrality rules extends to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet | Read More »
Net Neutrality: FCC Theory Would Extend Beyond ISPs Under Title II
This is the first in a series of net neutrality posts that will address fundamental questions presented by the prospect of applying per se net neutrality rules under Title II. There is more at stake than net neutrality in the reclassification debate at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Imposing per se prohibitions against business-to-business arrangements involving ‘paid prioritization’ under Title II would be a radical departure from the core principles embodied | Read More »
Tech at Night: Untying the Retransmission Consent knot with LOCAL CHOICE?
So after Republicans went ahead and avoided major Retransmission Consent reform in the satellite TV reauthorization bill, it turns out the Senate is going to take its own stab at reform.
You see, right now the way that local broadcasters and local cable companies make deals is governed by a set of government mandates called the Retransmission Consent framework. This framework heavily favors broadcasters, on purpose, as an attempt to pick winners and losers in government.
So barring a free market option, we have to decide whether the new option is more or less distorting of the market. I think I support the LOCAL CHOICE plan by Jay Rockefeller and John Thune.
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