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PK In The Know Podcast: Internet Blueprint, VZ/Spectrum Co., Universal/EMI, and Ripping DVDs

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On today's podcast we discuss crafting a positive post SOPA/PIPA agenda on InterentBlueprint.org, updates for Verizon/SpectrumCo., Universal buying EMI, and the new "disc to digital" program from the movie studios.

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FCC to Verizon and Cable Cos: Play by the Rules

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The orders the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued last week in its review of the big deal between Verizon, Comcast and assorted other cable players will force the companies to play by the rules, and will provide a good view into how the industry is trying to construct its own little cartel.  The FCC staff asked a number of detailed questions, and the answers could show how Verizon and its four cable partners want to divide the world among themselves.

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Do the Verizon/Cable Transactions Spell the End of “Facilities-Based” Competition?

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The Verizon/cable deals are a bad deal for consumers and a sad sign of the state of the communications market. But at least they finally expose the state of broadband competition for what it is. In particular the deals illustrate, through the actions of the companies themselves, that mobile wireless is not a "competitor" to wired. They're different products with different uses. This is an obvious point to most but the hope that the broadband market was going to get competitive "real soon now" due to the pending arrival of some kind of wireless competitor or another has driven many of the FCC's policies in the last decade. Unfortunately these policies have had the effect of undermining actually existing competition in the broadband market to pave the way for this prophesied competitor. As it stands the FCC's record in predicting the future is on a par with Harold Camping's.

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The Final Score on Spectrum Legislation: Bad Stuff Averted, Good Stuff Made Possible. I Call That A

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Last month, we warned about how some folks in Congress (with support of the usual suspects) wanted to get some really bad law on the future of wireless included in the Payroll Tax Cut Extension. The proposed law would have:

a. Stopped the FCC from having any kind of net neutrality conditions on any future wireless services the FCC would create by auctioning more wireless spectrum licenses.

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