The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org:

Mt. Vernon, VA, April 24, 2015 - If you didn’t already know it, reports have it that the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be withdrawn due to government opposition to the union by the DoJ and FCC.  Seems the President’s new Nyet Neutrality plan is working according to design.

Merger falls apart because its stood against the President's Internet takeover.

Merger falls apart because its stood against the President’s Internet takeover.

The “omnipotent” Net Neutrality Order was billed by its supporters as being the cat’s meow when it came to policing the Internet. Meaning, the merger could have gone through, and the President’s, er, the FCC’s newfound Net Neutrality power could have healed any problems were they to occur.

But that was always a prevarication. The Order is a far broader, scarier, more tyrannical statement than its soporific 400 pages look – that is, no one or company in the information and communications technology space shall be allowed to move or progress unless government permission is affirmatively granted.

Comcast / TWC (and consumers and society) are the first obvious victims of this new Inter-nyet policy emanating from the comrades over at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The administration wants nothing to do with the private economy shaping ideas and information, which is dangerous. They must always be controlled to its liking. So, if you’re unlucky enough to be a successful communications company in America, watch out. The most powerful have been toppled here.

Imagine what would happen to the rest of us grunts?

And that’s the whole point.

More to come (sadly)…

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This story on Google’s new wireless offering is interesting /weird on many levels:

Briefly, Google is set to unveil a new wireless service by reselling Sprint and T-Mo wireless data. As reported, at least initially, the service will only work with Google’s Nexus 6 phones.

FCC's Data Roaming Order will make a rich company even richer - Google.  Weird, eh?

FCC’s Data Roaming Order will make a rich company even richer – Google. Weird, eh?

So, these quick questions come to mind:

  • Via the FCC’s Data Roaming Order, it looks like AT&T and Verizon will be subsidizing Google, which is using Sprint and T-Mo’s networks to offer up the service;
  • Ostensibly Google becomes a common carrier, but how does the exclusive Nexus 6 arrangement comport with Net Neutrality; and
  • The article notes the high margins enjoyed by Sprint and T-Mo by virtue of resale, which is odd, that practice dooming whole markets and companies in the past. Further, it’s another bubble of a sort – Sprint and T-Mo in essence are reselling portions of the data roaming market, which the FCC set up in its Data Roaming Order to subsidize weaker carriers like Sprint and T-Mo. This double-bank shot for Google, Sprint and T-Mo has all the hallmarks of a government-created Ponzi scheme.

More to come…

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Roslyn Layton has been watching Net Neutrality for some time, studying how the U.S. and other nations deal with the loose concept to protect the “open” Internet. In the following video, Roslyn tackles the myth that 4 million Americans actually commented at the FCC in its Net Neutrality proceeding. In her view, the FCC should not place too much stock in all those Internet “comments” because they are dubious on many different levels.  According to her, this makes the FCC’s rules that much harder to swallow from a policy, legal and political standpoint.

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Easter Sunday and Title II

by Mike Wendy on April 16, 2015

When I was growing up, we had only one choice of a phone provider. The Communications Act of 1934 and its Title II, along with state law, mandated that. No others were allowed. Even inside wiring and customer premises equipment were locked up by the utility laws, preventing competition.

Fast forward to last week. The shot below is of an AT&T worker repairing broadband service to my brother-in-law’s home in Miami…

…On Easter Sunday.

An AT&T lineman working on Easter Sunday in Miami - evidence of a vibrant market, but one which will be hampered by the FCC's new "Mother-may_I?" Title II regulatory regime.

An AT&T lineman working on Easter Sunday in Miami.  Title II threatens this competitive response (and others) to the evolving and fickle demands of the vibrant broadband marketplace.

I never recall that happening under the old Title II regime.

Why?

Because, as a state-sanctioned utility that did not face competition, there was no incentive for our phone provider to do more than the basic 9-to-5 stuff.

I spoke with the AT&T technician after he repaired the line, and he told me that he and his team work 365 days a year.

All year long. Holidays included. That’s due to competition from a multitude of players and platforms.

On June 12th the marketplace’s competitive dynamic will begin to change, if subtly at first. On that day, the FCC will place Internet services formally under Title II (and more) authority, transforming a market once guided only by light regulation into Title II’s “Mother-may-I?” utility regulation regime.

Sure, it’s likely that that lineman on the pole will still be up there (in a figurative sense) 365 days a year. At least for the time being. But, the risky investment and innovation, especially at the margins, will suffer immediately. The ecosystem – from the core, to the edge, and all who depend on that symbiosis – will be lesser off as a result.

How do I know this? Well, let me put it to you this way: When did anyone look to their public utilities like water, gas and electric and say, “Gosh, these services represent the apogee of innovation, nimbleness and competition. America should be more like that!”

Exactly no one. And there’s a good reason. Because those systems – built on utility regulation – aren’t designed to do that.

Though the President, through his “independent” FCC, anachronistically believe there’s a lot to gain through ossified utility regulation “policing” (thwarting) the most vibrant sector of our economy, the rest of us should be calling Congress and urging our representatives to reign them in before they can make the Internet about as exciting and innovative as our water, gas or electric utilities.

Title II must not mean that Easter service be monopolized by religion only. But it will if the President’s plan is not stopped.

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Statement: Net Neutrality Law Moves FCC Back to Last Century’s Illegal Prior Restraint and Content Control Regimes

April 13, 2015

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Mt. Vernon, VA, April 13, 2015 – Today, the FCC published its 400-page Net Neutrality law in the Federal Register, meaning that it will go into effect in 60 days unless a court grants an injunction. The season of suits now begins in […]

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Net Neutrality: If the FCC Wants Your Opinion, It’ll Give It to You

March 30, 2015

Imagine if, because you didn’t choose to speak, or were prevented in some manner from doing so, you lost that right altogether? That’s what the Net Neutrality rule does to broadband providers and those they may have partnered with to provide new content / expressive offerings to consumers. Though broadband providers have long-wanted to offer […]

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Statement: FCC Issues 400-page Net Neutrality Order – the Most Anti-Speech and Information Law Since Woodrow Wilson’s Day

March 12, 2015

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Mt. Vernon, VA, March 12, 2015 – The President’s 400-page Net Neutrality Order issued by his “independent” FCC today represents the single most anti-speech and information law since Woodrow Wilson’s takeover of the telephone networks in 1918. If the rules are allowed to […]

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Human Face Needed in Conservatives’ Battle Against “Net Neutrality”

March 10, 2015

There are many lessons to be learned from the President’s takeover of the Internet almost two weeks ago. A key one in my mind is that, well, our side didn’t show up in the flesh. And the anti-property Left’s did. Their grassroots were vocal, open and notorious. They put a human face on Net Neutrality. […]

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Content Control Is the Very Essence of the President’s New Net Neutrality Laws

March 3, 2015

The FCC says the President’s new Title II rules are not about controlling speech. I guess that memo never made it to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who seems to believe that controlling free speech is the very heart of the new Internet takeover.   In her statement at the FCC’s open meeting last week, when […]

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Video: Title II Is No Way to Promote Competition, Grow the Internet Says TechFreedom’s Berin Szoka

March 2, 2015

In this short video, TechFreedom’s Berin Szoka says Title II-like public utility regulation works for only for railroads and true monopolies – neither of which operate on the Internet today. So, how is that regulation going to grow the medium? Answer – it won’t. Seems the FCC is more interested in a power grab than […]

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