Archive for December, 2010

More on Net Neutrality

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Meridith Attwell Baker, an FCC commissioner, has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, which argues that net neutrality will destroy the Internet’s future (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/20/AR2010122003901_Comments.html). From Ms Baker’s Chicken Little approach to net neutrality, you would never guess that the FCC has a long-established regulatory formula and procedures to regulate the rates that other utilities can charge cable companies for pole attachments. But it does : http://www.fcc.gov/eb/mdrd/PoleAtt.html.  In addition, All forms of communications transportation rides on public airwaves and rights-of-way established through the government’s powers of eminent domain.

I would argue that carriers should be subject to common carrier rules and regulations on transportation of voice and data. Content should be unregulated, even if provided by the same companies that provide carriage. Those who think this is impossible and will stifle innovation as well as competition should have a look at how the FERC regulates oil and natural gas pipeline transportation, with many carriers also providing “content” (i.e., sales of natural gas and oil) through separate corporate entities.

HEK

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Two Energy Policy Myths

Monday, December 20th, 2010

1)  There are known policies that will create energy independence and end our dependence on foreign oil.

2)  There are known policies that will allow us to move from a fossil fuel system to renewable energy.

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” — Donald Rumsfeld.

HEK

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Energy Event

Friday, December 10th, 2010

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=tvgmjbdab&oeidk=a07e31pfmld5cb9026d

HEK