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The politics of broadband in business, mobile, cable, and Telecom markets with an emphasis on telecommunication oversight, regulation, FCC, FTC, net neutrality, and market competition. Providing insight, strategy, and trending of politics and effects on industry.

How Politics Hinder Fast Broadband in America

Senator McCain Says Kids do not understand business

How politics hinder the build-out of fast broadband in America are intrinsically connected which force lawmakers to consider between faster broadband and giving up their livelihoods to go back home come the next election. Observing the holistic nature of how our politics work blatantly denotes the … [Read more...]

Giving Program Access Rules the Boot

Image of Businessman Getting the Boot

More than likely on Oct. 5, 2012 current Program Access Rules will get the boot. It is no secret that the FCC decided, not only review, but probably drop the long-standing rules established in 1992 to make cable operators comply with selling vertically owned programming to its competitors. The … [Read more...]

Why Comcast will Vehemently Fight a DOJ Investigation

Interview with Comcast Brian Roberts at Cable Show

If your company becomes a huge dominate market player in both broadband and content delivery, scrutiny will come your way, like it or not. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has been so successful in building both a content and delivery system to such a mass audience; it’s beginning to look like former … [Read more...]

MVPD – Reclassification by FCC Could Up-End Video Distribution

Knight Foundation Report on Video Community Needs

Investor Watch: MVPD reclassification could have historic market ramifications Multi-channel Programming Video Distributor or (M.V.P.D.) designates video distributors like Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Direct TV (DTV) who are classified officially by the FCC as having the … [Read more...]

Comcast App Flap: Shows Anxiety in Xfinity App to Compete Effectively

Screen Image of Comcast Xfinity App

Reed Hastings of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) may have found anxiety in Comcast executives of the ability of their Xfinity App to compete against competitors on the open Internet. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) launched the Xfinity App on the X-Box 360 to showcase its large program library to customers. … [Read more...]

FCC Adopts New Channel Carriage Rules: Up-ending Cable Apple-Cart

image Comcast DVR Menu

An FCC with a contrite emphasis on leveling the playing field with cable operators and independent channel owners, have rewritten the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 which prohibits operators from discriminating against channel competitors. Although current rules … [Read more...]

Abandon Net Neutrality Rules and Focus on Broadband Proliferation: FCC

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Net Neutrality Rules Should Be Abandoned While the FCC has stayed on course with its mandate from the current administration to regulate Internet Providers ability to charge for access prioritization, it continues to sink into murkier waters related to its authority to do so. Without going into a … [Read more...]

Bill Mandating “Cyber Kill Switch” Is Bad Government Policy

Speaker at podium lecturing on Cyber Security

Cyber Kill Switch Not the Answer Cyber-Security is on everyone’s mind as events in Egypt have catapulted Internet Freedom Vs Security into the limelight. Recent legislation introduced by Senator Harry Reid (Senate Finance), the Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011 – S 21 … [Read more...]

Lawmakers to FCC: What the heck is your thinking?

Chairman of FCC

Already the groundswell of dissent about a proposed vote on Net Neutrality by FCC commissioners is palpable. The vote will expectedly go down by party lines with 3 Democrats for, and 2 Republicans against. Now, lawmakers are voicing their unbridled response to a (power grab) that clearly is an … [Read more...]