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Speakeasy Gives Notice It Will Block Calls, FCC Needs To Take Action.

October 1, 2009 FCC , Non-Discrimination

Google is always a trend setter. Sadly, in this case, the trend is the refusal to complete calls to certain free conference call or free porn sites. Now Speakeasy.com has decided to do the same. Unless the FCC acts quickly, I expect other VOIP providers to follow this trend.

As I explained when this first came up, for various reasons, phone networks in rural areas get paid much more money when a call comes from another network and terminates on the rural network. This means if you have a business where lots of people call in and few people call out, you can make money from the uneven compensation.

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Fun Event On Capital Hill Next Monday: I Take On The Neocons On BB Policy

July 10, 2009 Antitrust , Broadband , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Non-Discrimination

One of the fun things here in D.C. is getting to go to events that are (a) informative on issues, and (b) offer a free lunch. Such is the Broadband Competition Panel sponsored by The Technology Policy Institutenext Monday, July 13, at Noon (for details, follow this link).

TPI has a fairly antiregulatory/UofC/"Free Market" bend to it. Happily, the event organizer, friend and occasional sparring partner Scott Wallsten, likes panels where folks get to mix it up a bit rather than panels where everyone agrees.

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Broadband Content Fragmentation Games Bear Watching, But Not Action — Yet.

June 16, 2009 Broadband , Data Caps , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Non-Discrimination

Sometime back, I warned that the deal between ESPN360.com and Verizon would have consequences in terms of internet fragmentation. Now, the American Cable Association, which represents small cable operators (who often have very different concerns from their larger cousins in the National Cable Telecommunications Association) is complaining that Disney wants to charge them for access to ESPN.com.

Note, this does not mean put stuff behind a pay wall and charge viewers. It means replicating the cable model and charging the ISP on a per-subscriber basis.

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NebuAd: The Snoop is Dead; Long Live the Snoop!

May 19, 2009 Broadband , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination , Privacy

About a year ago, Free Press and Public Knowledge published a report indicating that NebuAd had conspired with over a dozen US ISPs to conduct no less than Wiretapping, packet forgery, and browser highjacking

Over the past 24 hours, there have been several reports that NebuAd — which never was a company that was quite square with the truth — told a court in a civil case that they were shutting down: about to shut off the lights and close the door for the final time. 

Or is it? This is, after all, NebuAd.

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100 Days of Obama Internet Policy

April 29, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Non-Discrimination , NTIA

Once in a while, we must bow to tradition. One of those is the irrelevant, but inescapable, evaluation of the president after 100 days in office.

The Obama Internet and tech agenda came roaring out of the transition and Inauguration under a full head of steam. Now, more or less creeping along, bogged down and becalmed largely by circumstances beyond its control. It may be months before the Obama team regains its full-power tech policy mojo. It may be longer before they regain the tech chops that made the campaign such a juggernaut. And yet, there is reason to hope.

Throughout the presidential campaign, the Obama team had the most complete and progressive tech policy and tech-policy team ever assembled.

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