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Argument For Internet Regulation

September 24, 2015

This is the best argument I have seen for Internet regulation. It was also an insightful and humorous piece of writing about adtech, privacy, surveillance and other stuff. Yes, it is longer than most people's attention span, but worth the read.

"There's a myth in Silicon Valley that any attempt to regulate the Internet will destroy it, or that only software developers can understand the industry. When I flew over to give this talk, I wasn't worried about my plane falling out of the sky.

The Broadband Competition Problem

September 23, 2015

Big discussion over at AVC on Fred Wilson's blog post about the lack of broadband competition. After the broadband report came out, this apparently was a shock to some:

"Today, nearly 40 percent of American households either do not have the option of purchasing a wired 10 Mbps connection or they must buy it from a single provider. Three out of four Americans do not have a choice of providers for broadband at 25 Mbps, the speed increasingly recognized as a baseline for broadband access."

The discussion revolves around - surprise - arbitrage! There would be investment IF there was enough money in last mile residential; if regulation was lighter; if, if, if.

Europe Invades American Cable

May 21, 2015

The French group Altice SA, controlled by Patrick Drahi, made a bid of $9.1 billion for Suddenlink - and is rumored to be looking at TWC. Yesterday, during a lunch discussion with TMC's CEO, Rich Tehrani, I mentioned how over-leveraged most of the Duopoly is. Verizon, AT&T, C-Link, Frontier, Comcast, WIND - all have an overloaded debt to revenue ratio. Rich explained that the name of the game is share price and cheap money.

Trends in America

April 28, 2015

There is a rising trend in America toward the non-worker. The former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has been talking about it a lot lately. Salon magazine reprinted Reich's blog about the rise of the independent contractor model in the US.

There has been a backlash on workers and unions in America over the last 7-10 years.

A Skewed Look at the FCC from the Inside

March 12, 2015

Harold Furchtgott-Roth writes occasionally for Forbes. "From 1997 through 2001, Mr. Furchtgott- Roth served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Before his appointment to the FCC, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce and a principal staff member on the Telecommunications Act of 1996." He has a history similar to Chip Pickering (who is CEO of Comptel after being a Mississippi Congressman) or Earl Comstock.

Furchtgott-Roth writes, "The FCC set up a casino with federal communications regulation.

Opinions on the FCC Net Neutrality Ruling

March 9, 2015

Lots of opinions out there on the FCC Net Neutrality ruling, including this collection from Channel Vision.

Backing up, the FCC wrote a blog explaining their process from comments to rule-making. You can read it here. they had 4 million comments (largely due to John Oliver)

After 4 Million Comments, Open Internet Order Passes

February 26, 2015

There were 4 million public comments on the Open Internet / Net Neutrality docket (#14-28) at the FCC. Sure, most probably just said I hate Comcast/VZ/Frontier/AT&T/TWC/Cablevision but still, that is a showcase of taxpayers getting involved in an issue. Sure, one that most don't understand at all. Sure, they call it ObamaNet and condemn it because "It was Obama's plan to take over the Internet", but it is a 300 page order that has NOT been published yet.

At the FCC

February 24, 2015

While a lot is happening at the FCC, I haven't written much about it. My focus has been elsewhere - and most readers couldn't care less about regulatory. That said the USF Reform is still going on, including E-Rate program changes, Rural Broadband experiments, and CAF funding fights (between WISPs and ILECs). The AWS-3 spectrum auction had 4 big winners: VZW, ATT, DISH and the FCC coffers to the tune of $40 billion.

The RBOCs: Copper, Spectrum, Regulation and Sales

February 3, 2015

We have just 2 RBOCs - regional Bell companies left - AT&T and Verizon. You might consider CenturyLink an RBOC (because of US West), but since they don't have the same business model as the other 2, I just mean the two Bell-head companies with their Jekyll cellular side.

Both have been running from wireline for a while -- since maybe 2006. I think they wanted forbearance to get rid of unions and that copper plant.

The New Broadband Definition

February 3, 2015

We know that Obama and the Comcast CEO are golfing buddies, but I didn't see it coming that in one fell swoop cable would become the sole broadband provider for America. The FCC adopted a new definition of broadband at its January meeting, raising benchmark speeds to 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload, from the current 4 Mbps/1 Mbps standard. Effectively DSL is no longer broadband.

This will mean less CAF and USF monies to telcos, since they don't offer broadband any longer.

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