What’s Hot 7/16/2014

  • The Net Neutrality Debate: The Issues, the Arguments and Predictions of the Outcome (Digital Policy Institute, 7/15/2014)  Yesterday, the Digital Policy Institute hosted a webinar featuring panelists – including the Mercatus Center’s Brent Skorup, American Enterprise Institute’s Babette Boliek, the Hudson Institute’s Harold Furchtgott-Roth, and the Progressive Policy Institute’s Hal Singer – who analyzed and offered insights on the future of net neutrality. Watch the video archive here!
  •  HetNet News: FCC creates new opportunity for Wi-Fi providers (RCR Wireless Blog, 7/14/14) As part of its effort to increase mobile broadband access across the country, the Federal Communications Commission is budgeting $5 billion for increasing Wi-Fi access in schools through the federal E-Rate program. The move is good news for makers of Wi-Fi access points and networking equipment, as well as for software providers that are focused on the K-12 market.
  •  Net Neutrality Comments on the FCC Site, Charted (Roll Call’s TechnoCrat Blog, 7/15/14) The Federal Communications Commission in a blog post Monday came out with two charts tracking the comments filed electronically about its controversial net neutrality proposal (aka its “open Internet” plan). The initial comment deadline is today. The chart above shows the count of total comments made to the agency’s Electronic Comment Filing System and net-neutrality-specific comments by hour.
  •  Internet access debate unleashes a firestorm upon the FCC (The Hill’s Technology Policy Blog, 7/15/14) An avalanche of net neutrality comments have been dumped on the Federal Communications Commission, highlighting the passions stirred over whether Internet service providers like Comcast should be allowed to charge companies more money for quicker delivery of their movies and television shows. The 670,000 comments — many of them laced with profanity — are about half the number of complaints the FCC received when Janet Jackson’s breast flashed across tens of millions of televisions on Super Bowl Sunday.
  •  Google’s back-door approach to Internet policy (The Washington Post’s The Switch Blog, 7/14/14) Tuesday’s a big day for net neutrality: Members of the general public have until then to weigh in before the Federal Communications Commission kicks off a period for reply comments. The comments — some 650,000 have been filed so far, according to the FCC — are an important part of the process; they’ll help the agency gauge appetite for adopting certain rules and regulations. So far, though, there’s been one notable voice missing from the official debate about how to treat Internet traffic, and that’s Google’s.
  •   Like Sisyphus the FCC Pushes On (High Tech Forum, 7/15/2014) Ten years after Chairman Powell spoke about Internet Freedom at the Silicon Flatirons Center in Colorado, the FCC continues to struggle with casting his aspirations into legally binding regulations. The agency offers a simple set of proposed rules expanding the transparency principle, recasting the no-blocking rule on firmer legal ground, and similarly recasting the anti-discrimination rule within the limits of the commercial reasonableness standard affirmed by the courts in the Commission’s Data Roaming Order.
  •   ICLE Tells FCC Non-Neutral Net Can Be Beneficial (Multichannel News Blog, 7/14/14) The International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) says that mandating that all Internet content be offered only on a take-it-or-leave it basis–nondiscriminatory access by all users to all content–is the “antithesis” of the calls for a la carte video programming made by many of those arguing for network neutrality rules. That is according to a summary of comments by the group’s executive director, Geoffrey Manne, to the FCC, whose deadline for comment on proposed new Open Internet rules is July 15. He says that if new entrants can’t opt in to priori.