Over Easy: ISPs Favor Regulation — When It Helps Them

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:00 am

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are vehemently against regulation when it will even remotely constrain their anti-competitive behavior — such as being regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act for net neutrality — but they’re quite happy to support regulations that protect their iron grip on the broadband market.


FCC To Issue New Net Neutrality Rules But Still Refuses to Label Broadband Public Utility

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 9:34 am

After losing a court case last month at the DC Court of Appeals the Federal Communications Commission is planning to issue a new set of rules for Net Neutrality. Though the court claimed Net Neutrality rules the FCC had previously offered were illegal, it did acknowledge the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Responding to Comments on the Future of the Postal Service

By: Friday August 3, 2012 10:13 am

My article about the postal service got an unusually robust amount of play among the blogosphere, so I thought I’d respond to some of the comments.

Manufactured Postal Service Challenges Have Plenty of Answers

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 12:40 pm

The US Postal Service will default on a $5.5 billion prepaid retiree health benefit payment today, and this will surely lead to calls for privatization or mass jobs cuts. But the default concerns the unusual way in which the USPS, unlike virtually any other company in the world, pre-pays its health benefits many years out, and today’s terrible Congress, bent on destroying the government’spostal service, refuses to fix the problem.

Broadband Companies Begin March to Usage-Based Billing

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 3:41 pm

Throughout the broadband era, the question has been whether the model should look like television, where you negotiate a flat rate and consumption doesn’t matter, or phone service, with its pay-as-you-go model. It looks like something closer to cell phone service, where you pay for a certain amount of coverage, and then must pay more if you go over it, will end up as the ultimate model. But the potential for monopoly pricing and content discrimination is very high.

AT&T Moves to Tiered Pricing for Broadband

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 7:12 pm

It is is a pretty large cap, but it’s clearly designed to profit from high-bandwidth users. There’s nothing inherently wrong with charging bandwidth hogs for their capacity; plenty of businesses charge on such a consumption model. The issue comes when this directly affects the ability of video-streaming sites like Netflix to carry out their business model, because of the cost-prohibitive nature of the service for individual users. Just three hours of HD video on Netflix would wipe out the entire 150GB monthly limit, for example.

Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Plan

By: Friday January 21, 2011 12:35 pm

You can say that the entire goal of Julius Genachowski’s pretend plan for net neutrality was to devise something that the telecoms could live with, while allowing him to make a defense that the Obama Administration fulfilled its campaign promise of Internet freedom. If they didn’t care about being taken to court over their plans, they would have written something far more air-tight. So instead, they came up with this heavily compromised approach. And Verizon sued them anyway.

Simply Inadequate: Franken Reacts to FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 3:25 pm

The FCC officially approved rules that reportedly provide net neutrality protections to wireline Internet but not wireless services, and which include a host of loopholes for both types of service.

Genachowski Offers Pretend Net Neutrality Proposal

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 1:20 pm

As if there weren’t enough things going to pot today, the FCC has decided to come out with a proposal to pretend to institute net neutrality regulations.

Waxman Drops Net Neutrality Bill, Calls on FCC to Reclassify Broadband

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 4:15 pm

Henry Waxman, the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, just released a statement announcing that he would drop controversial net neutrality legislation, and call on the FCC to use their authority to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. This is a major victory for net neutrality advocates and a loss for the telecoms.

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