Entries Matching: Non-Discrimination
If Monday's net neutrality oral argument in the DC Circuit foreshadowed the court's decision, opponents and supporters of the FCC's rules will each have something to cheer and something to fear.
While some have portrayed the likely outcome of Monday’s DC
Circuit oral argument on Verizon’s challenge to the Federal Communications Comission’s Open Internet order
as a victory for anti-net neutrality forces and a loss for its supporters, the
reality is much more complicated. With
the caveat that one can never rarely predict the ultimate outcome of a case –
particularly one as difficult and multi-layered as this one – based solely on
the oral argument, there are some pretty clear takeaways, some good, some bad
and some just plain ugly. For a
comprehensive report on what happened in the courtroom, read Harold’s excellent
Recently, arguments against network neutrality as a
“solution in search of a problem” have resurfaced (recently subscribed to by Mitt
Romney’s campaign, recently argued by Verizon
in its challenge to the Open Internet Order, and also argued here
People who make this argument essentially claim either (1) discrimination predicted
by Public Knowledge (and the FCC) will never actually come to pass, or (2)
discrimination can be benign or even beneficial.
On this week's podcast we consider how to think about regulating networks, opportunities for boutique ISPs, and get an update on the Creators' Freedom Project.
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Michael Powell, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and now the head of the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA), professes confusion and consternation at our raising the alarm about Comcast’s decision to exempt its Xfinity app for the XBox360 from its 250 GB bandwidth cap. Rather than addressing the issue, Powell basically argues that the only reason PK (or anyone else) could possibly see anything here to worry about is because we're either crazy alarmists or because we are "trying to get another bite at the regulatory apple." In sports, we refer to this kind of behavior as 'working the ref.'
One of the most dangerous aspects of SOPA is that its expansiveness means that it starts to interfere with all sorts of other areas of law.