Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, ACLU, Google

It’s hard to take seriously Google’s talk of respecting privacy when CEO Eric Schmidt keeps saying that the only recourse you should take if you care about privacy is to change your name and move to a new home. … And ironically, as Motley points out, the ACLU is sacrificing the first amendment, in pushing for state control of speech online, in order to make this rights argument! … All the utilitarian arguments have failed, so the radical hope talking about rights will excite people emotionally enough that rational centers of thought shut down, and this takeover will be allowed…

Tech at Night: Google, Daily Kos, Net Neutrality

No, we need legislation, and even if Henry Waxman is announcing his new desire to shirk his duty to legislate, Republicans need to judo the Democrats by backing his old bill, loudly and publicly, as well as announcing the intent to push legislation hard next year to ban Title II Reclassification. … What we are given to assuage us is Chairman Julius Genachowski's promise to apply only certain Title II rules to the Internet, and to practice forbearance with the rest. … As we have previously pointed out, the FCC reclassifying the Internet from Title I to Title II would place broadband companies under ALL the rules that apply to telephones – not just certain ones…

Tech at Night: The home stretch for Net Neutrality

Meanwhile, since Google defeated Search Neutrality at the FTC, they’re busily going along making their search service even less neutral than before by rigging the algorithms to punish disfavored firms even more than before. … The FCC could still be seriously discussing disastrously bad proposals, such as the Title II Reclassification scheme to declare that ISPs are now phone companies, and try to regulate the Internet with the same kinds of price and content controls that New Deal Democrats thought made sense for phone companies in the 1930s. … Meanwhile some of the Net Neut supporters are engaging in doublethink: They simultaneously claim Net Neutrality is not a new regulation… while asking for new regulation…

Tech at Night: The Internet Sales Tax roll call. Obamaphone survives. Do people care about Privacy?

Jeff Flake. Jeff Sessions. Ron Johnson. Tim Scott. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Mike Lee. Rand Paul. I'm generally pleased with all eight of these guys being in the Senate. They were on opposite sides of the sales tax compact amendment vote, though. If you look at the way Governors split on the issues, you'll see similar responses. Effective conservative Governors have fallen on both sides, including neighbors Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal. I'm fine with the compact. It's Constitutional and merely lets states preserve existing revenue streams, without having to defy basic economic reality by unilaterally cooperating in the rewrite-the-sales-tax Prisoner's Dilemma. That is, any one first state that shifts from buyer-owes to seller-owes in sales tax, creating the marketplace of sales taxes that compact opponents favor, automatically creates a disincentive for businesses to set up shop there. So, we pass the compact as the best practical solution. Recently at RedState: Ajit Pai on Robert McDowell is worth a read. Then there's Seton Motley on Marco Rubio challenging Internet regulation.

Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, Google, free weights

Honestly I’m glad we’ve pushed the debate to the point where Net Neutrality is so radioactive that no Republican wants to get anywhere near it, but we all must remember that the FCC remains under Barack Obama’s control, not ours, even if we win the election. … The push continues for Republicans to listen to us and and join to pass legislation preventing the FCC from implementing devastating, systemic regulation of the Internet through the Title II reclassification power grab. … All summer I got virtually no exercise because, as it turned out, I’ve developed asthma triggered by the air pollution that gets worse during the summer here in inland southern California…

Tech at Night: Yet more AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, Google, Net Neutrality

Meanwhile, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski goes to Brussels, clearly jealous of the European Commission’s relative free hand to regulate as it sees fit, without any Congressional Review Act to worry about, or voters to answer to. … Of course, when it comes to Net Neutrality itself, as much as I’ve talked about the outstanding job the GOP has done in the House on the matter, the Senate is a future battleground on regulation, says Seton Motley. … Sprint, meanwhile, is plainly desperate to acquire T-Mobile on the cheap, as the firm is making the absurd argument that the TEA party ought to rush in on its side, and call for big government to choose winners and losers in the wireless market…

Tech at Night: Privacy, Apple, Copyright, Patent, FCC, Bill Shock

“Bill Shock,” as worked on by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps’s new chief of staff, is a movement to try to eliminate personal responsibility, and force ISPs to coddle you and track your own Internet use for you. … Not that I think the government ought to be going out and helping patent holders any more than I think the government ought to be helping copyright holders. … Even as Mary Bono Mack seeks to legislate on the news, or at least introduces a bill to make people feel better, Apple explains that the “location tracking” story was a non-story all along, just as I predicted…

Tech at Night: Welcome to Net Neutrality

When ISPs cannot route traffic selectively, making sure the 98% of reasonable customers are not harmed by the 2% who are causing trouble with unreasonable and even illegal traffic, then ISPs only have one recourse left: blanket restrictions that hold everyone back. … Now look at what NN proponent Barry Diller says about content providers under Net Neutrality: “Asking Netflix to pay more for bandwidth is like “asking a toaster manufacturer to pay for electricity.” … Remember when Net Neutrality proponents were so adamant that they weren’t a bunch of freeloading sponges on the productive members of society, despite their strong efforts to give regulatory support to freeloaders?…

Tech at Night: Free Press under pressure, Cyberterrorists get arrested, Same old FCC

What we do seem to know though is that Google has apparently made peace with non-Neutral ISPs, since Google CEO Larry Page may be “open minded” about making special deals with France Telecom to get priority access to the ISP’s customers, if I read this Reuters report correctly. … Note also that Politico carries water for the angry lefties by publishing this story, while failing to mention all the money spent by Sprint, wealthy foundations and others against this deal, and on other extremist causes. … Let me interrupt the Free Press update with some great news, though: Spain has made some arrests in connection with the Playstation Network attack I would love for every one of these antisocial online goons to get real jailtime…

Tech at Night: Jim DeMint does good, Texas races California to the bottom, FCC, AT&T, Copyright

We all know of California’s problems, with legislative Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown only arguing about which taxes to raise and by how much, including a possible unconstitutional Internet Tax designed to punish Amazon for its success. … Last year’s Internet power grab billl, COICA, is back with a misleading new name: PROTECT IP. However the real function of the bill by Senators Patrick Leahy, Chuck Grassley, and Orrin Hatch (all so well known for their love of property rights and liberty, eh?) want to impose a level of control of the Internet previously seen only in totalitarian states like the People’s Republic of China. … Jim DeMint is questioning the plans for the new National Emergency Alert System, while Verizon’s fighting back on the ridiculous FCC price controls on data roaming designed to help Sprint compete without actually investing in a better network…

Tech at Night: Pirate Bay DDoSed by copyright defenders? Net Neutrality continued. Issa takes on another treaty.

I’m honestly shocked at how much defense Google gets even from the right, when nobody denies that Google lifted heavily from Java, and even hired former Java people to clone it for Android’s virtual machine technology. … But, referencing the above discussion of single-issue coalitions, I’m not going to complain, and instead will question whether a Democrat bill can pass when it’s losing both tech centrist Ron Wyden and reliable lefty Al Franken. … Gigi Sohn and Andrew Schwartzman (Thomas Gideon was detained and missed much of the fun) on the left were constantly talking about how they don’t favor big government, they support only minimalist regulation to preserve a competitive, free market, and all that good stuff…

Tech at Night: Catching up with the D Block, Net Neutrality, and Google

And to close the night, grab some popcorn and watch Bobby Rush call out James Rucker’s Color of Change, because regulations like Net Neutrality can only hurt the poor’s access to the Internet. … But given that the White House admitted there were improper ties between the White House CTO’s office and Google, I do look forward to Darrell Issa probing that issue. … The D block is one of five pieces of the old television spectrum that is now freed up for new uses since we’ve gotten television broadcasts moved into a new, narrower range…

Tech at Night: Domestic Internet spying, FCC, Free Press, Henry Waxman, Net Neutrality

All in all, my reading of the Waxman proposal (which is very short by the way, just three pages) makes it come off as even less intrusive than the Google-Verizon plan as it only discusses Internet access, and not any private managed network access which an ISP might still provide. … Again, Free Press and its pet commissioners on the FCC don’t have legislative support for what they’re doing, which is why they’re so hot for the “third way” of deem and pass Title II Reclassification, ignoring the courts and the Telecommunications Act to do whatever they want. … Of course we’re not licked yet with respect to any of this stuff, which is why Seton Motley wrote an open letter to the FCC laying out to the commissioners just how radical and unpopular the Free Press Net Neutrality agenda really is, and how they need to give themselves an out from this stuff instead of marching off the Cliffs of McChesney…

Why Are So Many on the Right Helping the Left Undermine Our Patent System?

Which ain't at all good for those of us who understand the vital import of private property - including the protection of inventors working to deliver us an endless supply of the Next Great Things. … "As a bona fide, card-carrying, 007 Patent Troll Hunter, I have to take issue with my conservative colleague, Seton Motley of Less Government, who recently accused patent troll hunters of suffering from an 'obsessive fetish' with patent trolls. … All sorts of things that in every other instance the Right loves to excoriate and ridicule - these Converts-to-the-Left must ignore or accept as a part of their effort to undermine the patent system…

Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, FCC, iPad

And back to some specifics: The California Board of Equalization may be one of the most socialist (but accurate) agency names ever, but it's still not covering for the Democrats' lies about the unconstitutional Internet Sales Tax or if you prefer, Amazon Tax. … I've been linking to Seton Motley in Tech at Night for a while now, and he found a great map of the Internet to illustrate this, with the perfect post title to go with it: "Ok, Apply Net Neutralty to THIS. … And of course, besides all of the legal, Constitutional, and rights-based arguments against Net Neutrality, there's always been one fundamental practical issue with it: the Internet is too complicated for the government to deal with effectively…