FCC and Internet Regulation: “Lobbyists on Both Sides Are Already Shopping for New Vacation Houses in Aspen”

Michael Giberson From Regulation 2.0: Frustrated by a federal appeals court ruling that the FCC had no authority to second-guess Comcast’s treatment of customers and under pressure from the Obama Administration to impose a net neutrality regime (whatever that truly means) on the broadband industry, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is now asserting the commission’s right … More FCC and Internet Regulation: “Lobbyists on Both Sides Are Already Shopping for New Vacation Houses in Aspen”

Some Economics of Cable Content Bundling

Lynne Kiesling Jim Surowiecki has a New Yorker column on cable bundling that does a good job of explaining some of the reasons why bundling benefits all interested parties in the transaction — the cable provider, the content provider, and the consumer. His analysis provides several examples of comparing a policy with the most likely … More Some Economics of Cable Content Bundling

Perennial Gale of Creative Destruction, Personal Wireless Division

Lynne Kiesling Even if it doesn’t end up being the disruptive innovation that these articles suggest, Verizon’s MiFI personal wifi hotspot device makes my little Schumpeterian heart go pitter-pat. Released yesterday, the Verizon MiFi (device by Novatel) is a credit-card sized 3G wireless router that can provide wireless Internet connection for up to 5 devices. … More Perennial Gale of Creative Destruction, Personal Wireless Division

So We’re Finally Done Paying for the Spanish-American War!

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been complaining about this for so long, what will I do with myself … ? The long-reviled excise tax to pay for the Spanish-American War will finally be eliminated: The Treasury Department, conceding that it has no right to continue collecting a 108-year-old tax on long-distance telephone calls, announced yesterday that it … More So We’re Finally Done Paying for the Spanish-American War!More So We’re Finally Done Paying for the Spanish-American War!