Category Archives: FCC

Guardian takes on the Google myth

David Smith confronts the Google myth for The Observer, including accounts of the pilgramages politicians take to Google HQ: Shortly after Obama’s pilgrimage to the ‘Googleplex’, it was the turn of David Cameron. Cameron was accompanied there by Steve Hilton, … Continue reading

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FCC finally issues Comcast memo

Kevin Martin and his Democratic Party colleagues at the FCC have issued their Comcast order, available at this link. They find some novel sources of authority and apply some interesting interpretations of the facts. I’ll have some detailed commentary after … Continue reading

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BitTorrent Soap Opera continues

Valleywag’s outstanding reporting on the BitTorrent collapse continues with a detailed account of the tussle: BitTorrent has denied our report that the company laid off 12 out of 55 employees. That may be true: While our source told us 12 … Continue reading

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How Net Neutrality killed BitTorrent

Valleywag explains why BitTorrent, Inc., had to lay off all its sales and marketing staff in this fine piece, Unintended Consequences: How the FCC killed BitTorrent’s promising business When Comcast was caught blocking file sharing on its network, the Federal … Continue reading

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FCC bandwidth subsidy doesn’t help BitTorrent, Inc.

The recent FCC order requiring ISPs to donate bandwidth to peer-to-peer services was supposed to protect the Innovative-New-Application from competitive duress, but BitTorrent, Inc. didn’t get the memo: BitTorrent Inc., the file-sharing startup whose underlying technology is responsible for much … Continue reading

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Vint Cerf at it again

It’s rare that I read anything by Vint Cerf these days that doesn’t make me laugh. He’s taken to making outlandish statements that foment PR crises for Google such that they’re softened and re-framed in a few days. Writing on … Continue reading

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Cooper is no fan of the FCC

CNET blogger Charlie Cooper is among the large and growing number not impressed by the FCC’s pretzel-logic ruling against Comcast Critics correctly note that Congress still has not given the FCC explicit authority to decide Internet policy. Even as the … Continue reading

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The secret framework

Declan McCullagh is wondering about that secret framework the FCC has discovered: Details of the FCC’s ruling, which may not be available for a few weeks, remain unclear. While Comcast will face no fine, Martin said the FCC has adopted … Continue reading

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The FCC’s alleged findings are full of holes

According to Drew Clark, these are the FCC’s findings in the Comcast dispute: 1. Comcast’s network management practices discriminate among applications and protocols. It uses deep packet inspection. There is no law against deep packet inspection for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Commissioner McDowell’s dissent

At least one FCC commissioner has his head on straight today, Robert McDowell. His dissent on Martin’s arbitrary smackdown is great: For the first time, today our government is choosing regulation over collaboration when it comes to Internet governance. The … Continue reading

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