Category Archives: Law

Ars Technica botches another story

Why is it so hard for the tech press report on the broadband business with some semblance of accuracy? I know some of this stuff is complicated, but if it’s your business to explain technology and business developments to the … Continue reading

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Kevin Martin threatens Comcast

Kevin Martin is upset that Comcast has challenged his authority by filing a lawsuit against the FCC for making up law out of thin air. The Chairman of the FCC expressed his scorn by releasing a statement that makes him … Continue reading

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Comcast Appeals

Comcast has appealed the FCC’s crazy order in the DC Circuit today. Here’s the statement: Although we are seeking review and reversal of the Commission’s network management order in federal court, we intend to comply fully with the requirements established … Continue reading

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Your broadband service is going to get more expensive

See my article in The Register to understand why your broadband bill is going to rise: Peer-to-peer file sharing just got a lot more expensive in the US. The FCC has ordered Comcast to refrain from capping P2P traffic, endorsing … Continue reading

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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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