Posts Tagged ‘net neutrality’

Latest Ruling on Net Neutrality

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

One would think the carriers would throw in the towel, but I’m not holding my breath. Here’s a few articles. Please comment.



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 ( 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 :  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.


Net Neutrality Editorial

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I highly recommend this editorial on net neutrality by Richard Martin:–those-evil-cablecos-.html

Eminent Domain and Net Neutrality Issues

Friday, September 12th, 2008

In a Slate column (“On the Media  Obama vs. McCain on media policy 2008,”

Much of the fiber optics network as well as microwave towers exist on right-of-way leased by power companies, pipelines, and railroads, which they obtained through the use of or threat of eminent domain (see “Broadband Regulatory Issues: Access to Public Utility Right-of-Way and Division of Revenues” for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, CSTB Broadband Study on “The Last Mile,” June 2000. This is a dated study, but it provides background for this claim).  Other parts of the network are on rights-of-way secured by telephone companies.  These rights-of-way are largely inherited from the old AT&T network, parts of which date back to the early 20th century.  Cable networks, at least the wired portions, exist through the FCC regulatory system that requires telephone companies to lease space to cable companies at rates set by FCC formula.  Plus every state has regulatory commissions with their own rules for the parts of the network that are considered to be intrastate.  There are local franchise agreements that grant benefits, usually in exchange for payments to the local government entity.  Often these contracts confer monopoly status upon the carrier.

So it’s not a question of government intervention vs. non-intervention.  It is, or it should be, a question of how best to protect the public interest, given that large corporate entities have been granted economic rights by all levels of government.

More to come at a later date.