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Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's network neutrality rules will live to see another day after the Senate struck down a move to block them over concerns that the regulatory agency overstepped its authority.

The Republican-backed bill went down in a 46-to-52 vote. The rules are slated to take effect on Nov. 20.

The FCC's network neutrality rules require service providers to be up-front about their network management policies. They can take a lighter touch on wireless services, which are allowed to block some applications from being offered through app stores, but they still must provide access to competitive voice applications.

The rules, voted in last December, also clear the way for consumption-based billing, something that's already prevalent in the wireless world and is starting to take hold with a growing number of broadband service providers.

Why this matters
The FCC dodged this bullet, but many more are being chambered. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS) are challenging the rules in court on grounds that the FCC exceeded its authority, an argument similar to that of the failed bill. Free Press is also suing, because it believes the rules provide less protection for mobile wireless Internet access.

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Read up on the rules' twists and turns.



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kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:49:11 PM
re: Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

As someone who has been around the net neutrality debate since its start, I know how long this thing has gone on. And as a Cubs fan, I know all about long, non-ending streaks. The question now is, with Theo Epstein on board, do the Cubs have a chance to win a World Series before we ever get anything resembling clarity around net neutrality?


Anyone want to wager? I will take the Cubs and the payoff (to me) would be a six-pack of commemorative "Cubs Win!" Old Style beer purchased after said title is secured. For whoever wants to take the opposite side, the payoff would be... what? An old Vonage bill signed by Michael Powell? A hanging-chad Florida 2000 ballot autographed by Kevin Martin?


Knowing telecom lawyers the way I do... Go Cubs!

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:49:11 PM
re: Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

As someone who has been around the net neutrality debate since its start, I know how long this thing has gone on. And as a Cubs fan, I know all about long, non-ending streaks. The question now is, with Theo Epstein on board, do the Cubs have a chance to win a World Series before we ever get anything resembling clarity around net neutrality?


Anyone want to wager? I will take the Cubs and the payoff (to me) would be a six-pack of commemorative "Cubs Win!" Old Style beer purchased after said title is secured. For whoever wants to take the opposite side, the payoff would be... what? An old Vonage bill signed by Michael Powell? A hanging-chad Florida 2000 ballot autographed by Kevin Martin?


Knowing telecom lawyers the way I do... Go Cubs!

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:49:10 PM
re: Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

 


kaps,


You should probably read Scorecasting.


http://www.amazon.com/Scorecas...


This book was written by Cub fans.  It was nowhere near as good a book as say Freakonomics, but the last chapter was really about the Cubs.  The analysis showed two things:


- The Cubs lack of Titles was actually more statistically improbable than the beloved Yankees 27 Titles.


- The Cubs have no economic incentive to put a winning team on the field.


Basically, ticket prices and attendance are not greatly coorelated at Cubs games in distinction from say White Sox games.  What does coorelate is Beer Prices.


So, given that - I would bet on Net Neutrality or World Peace before a Cub's win in the World Series.


seven


 

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:49:10 PM
re: Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

Seven, I'll see your bet and raise you a cold beer. For the first time in recent memory this year Cubs games went well undersold -- bleachers empty on a fine summer afternoon. The Chicago market is finally acting like it should and shunning an inferior product.


In Theo we trust. Furthermore at $350 a billable hour or whatever the K Street firms get paid there is more economic incentive for them to keep net neutrality alive for the lobbying fees. I will book us a table at Harry Caray's for November 2013 to collect on my bet. While we watch then-FCC chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel proclaim that "enforceable net neutrality regulations are just around the corner."

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:49:10 PM
re: Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

Seven, I'll see your bet and raise you a cold beer. For the first time in recent memory this year Cubs games went well undersold -- bleachers empty on a fine summer afternoon. The Chicago market is finally acting like it should and shunning an inferior product.


In Theo we trust. Furthermore at $350 a billable hour or whatever the K Street firms get paid there is more economic incentive for them to keep net neutrality alive for the lobbying fees. I will book us a table at Harry Caray's for November 2013 to collect on my bet. While we watch then-FCC chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel proclaim that "enforceable net neutrality regulations are just around the corner."

nelson3748 12/5/2012 | 4:49:07 PM
re: Net Neutrality Rules Dodge a Bullet

Access companies from Verizon to Comcast need to squeeze out small competitors as unified commuincations beome reality, and the FCC of course wants to expand its domain, otherwise they will miss out on tax revenue, jobs, promotions, parties in DC, regulatory capture, etc. So will we get NN? Of course, silly question. The only issue is how they will divide the spoils. Twenty years from now when your children asked who ruined the Internet, you NN supporters can proudly proclaim, "Why, I did sweetie, to protect you, from, uh, the people who are now screwing you. Sorry."

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