Forget Net Neutrality — What About Net Vitality?

April 27, 2015

I published the following on Forbes 4/24/15: It’s been a pretty robust one-two punch for advocates of net neutrality lately. First they won a resounding victory at the Federal Communications Commission, and now a TKO of the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger (I’ll have more to…

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Netflix and Net Neutrality: Whose Briar Patch Is This Anyway?

March 11, 2015

The following piece was published on on March 6, 2015: The Federal Communications Commission hasn’t yet officially released its order containing the new net neutrality rules, but there are already a couple of fascinating developments that may give new meaning to the law of…

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The FCC’s Net Neutrality Doesn’t Sound Too Neutral

March 4, 2015

The following piece ran on on 2/27/15: We may be in a world divided by hip-hop and bubble gum pop, but I remain a passionate jazz lover. Unfortunately for many years now it’s been getting increasingly hard (outside of New York City) to find…

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Forbes Column: 11/18/14: Al Franken, Ted Cruz and Net Neutrality Rights and Wrongs

December 1, 2014

I’m not sure if it’s the Polar Vortex causing it, but in the epic mano a mano between Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on net neutrality, I’m actually with Ted! In the mainstream media world (OK, most of the mainstream world, period),…

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New Column: John Oliver, #NetNeutrality, and the Ghost of SOPA-PIPA

June 10, 2014

Here is my new Forbes piece from 6/9. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your feedback.

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Net NEUTRALITY? I think we’re gonna need a new expression…..

April 24, 2014

So the FCC has apparently indicated its intention to create a new “EZ-Pass” lane on the Internet.  Look, I’m not a purist on net neutrality – I recognize the need to have ISPs – even “big bad” cable companies – get fairly compensated for their investment…

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@Twitter buys @Gnip – Do we need “data neutrality”?

April 16, 2014

Big news on the Big Data front as Twitter purchased Gnip, one of the few independent data firms that has access to the vaunted “firehose” of Twitter user data.   The surface has barely been scratched on all of the possible uses of this data,…

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@Netflix not seeing slower ISP speeds in post-net neutrality world….yet?

February 12, 2014

A VERY preliminary note about life in the world post-court decision striking down the FCC’s net neutrality rules (which actually more than anything questioned the Commission’s justification/approach to imposing such rules).  As I have noted previously, I certainly wouldn’t expect any sudden or rash moves…

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AT&T/DirecTV – Ho hum, another day, another potentially massive, transformative, secular change in the media/communications/entertainment regulatory/policy arena

May 19, 2014

So to no one’s great surprise, AT&T and DirecTV announced over the weekend that they had agreed to AT&T’s $48.5 Billion purchase of the DBS leader.  As I noted earlier, to me the biggest news of this is such a massive (even bigger than Comcast-Time Warner…

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Some not ENTIRELY random thoughts post-@NCTACable Show 2014….

May 5, 2014

Tom Wheeler and the cable industry in for a fight (or two)? – I was not as surprised by the tone of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s remarks at the Show as many other observers seemed to be.  Wheeler got beat up quite badly in the media…

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