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Rational Thoughts on Network Neutrality – Que? June 19, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, money, netneutrality, Politics.
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I Missed this last week: TechDirt Reports on “Rational Thoughts On Network Neutrality”

Former telco exec Tom Evslin writes out a nice balanced article that highlights the real issues (the lack of competition)
while also noting why network neutrality is necessary — and why trying
to legislate network neutrality is difficult to impossible and could
backfire as well. He, like us at Techdirt, feels that there’s too many
lies on both sides of this debate — and its obscuring the real issues.

The REAL issue is Competition. And though it goes against my libertarian leanings to appeal for government manadated ‘competition’. they got us into this mess, so they should get us out and more stifling regulation (read: NetNeutrality) is fruther in the wrong direction and anti-competition.


World’s Smallest Political Quiz June 17, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings.
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As I have known all along…I am a Libertarian., What are you?



political description that
fits you best is…



maximum liberty in both personal and

matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one

is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence.

tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose

bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate

lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

on the Chart shows where you fit on the political map.

Your PERSONAL issues
Score is 70%.
Your ECONOMIC issues Score
is 70%.
(Please note: Scores falling on the Centrist border
are counted as Centrist.)

What’s good for the Google, is Good for the… June 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality.
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Google prefers prioritized packets

Google, one of the lead proponents of net neutrality legislation, seems to like the idea of preferred networks…for a fee of course:

I am thinking about writing a book about this topic June 10, 2006

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I don’t think people clearly understand how extensively their online life is being documented, analyzed and used against (or for prefereably) them.

Farecast…a more scientific way to plan travel June 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Neato, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I got a private beta invite to Farecast this evening and I really liked it…(business wise) I am guessing they  are looking for Expedia or Orbitz or Yahoo to buy them…

The technology is sound. My wife and I live in Seattle but both our families live in the Midwest or the South. Farecast provides a cool and easy way to see what the ticket price history has been for a given time between to airports for a set time.

I did  a late summer query for Detroit MI and found that if I waited a couple weeks to book there was a 65% chance prices would fall around 15 bucks…For me, not a big deal but you can see that college students or seniors or big families or ANYONE without calendar restrictions could get great value out of this…while writing this post I can envision tons of monetization angles…so I am sure they will do great.


Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality, Politics.
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Sergey Brin goes to DC and has audience with 4 Senators regarding (per reports) Net Neutrality. There is mention that Sergey can not meet with as many Congressmen as he would prefer…We chalk that up to newness with DC .. BUT THEN:

Now comes  this news from the AP: “Brin says Google compromised principles.”

From the story:

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the
dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by
accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling
to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.

Meeting with reporters near Capitol Hill, Brin said Google had
agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked
its service in that country.

…Google’s China-approved Web service omits politically sensitive
information that might be retrieved during Internet searches, such as
details about the 1989 suppression of political unrest in Tiananmen
Square. Its agreement with China has provoked considerable criticism
from human rights groups.

“Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense,” Brin
said….Brin said Google is trying to improve its censored search
service, Google.cn, before deciding whether to reverse course. He said
virtually all the company’s customers in China use the non-censored

“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say,
‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we
won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said.
“It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how
people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”

What Happened in Washington DC? This is a major statement from one of the most powerful Executives in the world about a VERY contentious policy his company has implemented.

I have been reading Scott Adams’ Blog Recently June 5, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Politics, To Read.
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Really Good philosophical, cynical, contrarian writing. Not about Dilbert the cartoon but called the Dilbert.Blog nonetheless.

Check it Out.

Michael Grebb: Isn’t buying Net Neutrality May 31, 2006

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In Wired,

Michael Grebb lays out a balanced explanation of why there is not Net Neutrality currently and why it’s probably not that good of an idea.

Bram Cohen talks net neutraility – OSS success yet against NetNeutrality? Egads! May 29, 2006

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The BBC has a great article with Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent. Bram knows what he is talking bout unlike some others.

Poor Poor Vonage Investors May 26, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, investments, money, Words to Live By.
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I will never gloat about investors losing money because it is so emotionally painful however, word to the wise: Good IPOs are hard to get into. If a company ever offers an IPO to all its customers….RUN.

House Panel votes for Net Neutrality…kinda May 26, 2006

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CNet reports:

In an unusual twist, many members of the committee said they were
voting for the legislation not because of strong concerns over Net
neutrality–but instead because of a turf battle. They said they were
worried that a competing proposal already approved by a different committee last month would diminish their own
influence in the future.

That other bill, called the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and
Enhancement, or COPE, Act, says the Federal Communications Commission "shall have
exclusive authority" to investigate violations of Net neutrality
principles. It's backed by Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who heads
the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and does not include strict Net
neutrality mandates.

Because the FCC is overseen by Barton's committee, that proposal would
effectively cut off Judiciary Committee members from being able to hold
hearings on Net neutrality antitrust violations, give speeches about
corporate malfeasance and solicit campaign cash from affected companies–the lifeblood of modern Washington politics.

If you are not cynical about politics yet…kindly reconsider.

Mike McCurry Vs. Craig Newmark on net neutrality May 24, 2006

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My Thoughts: LIfe is not fair. Let the market work it out.

You Decide

Rich Rich Vonage (was: poor poor Vonage) May 24, 2006

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GoodMorningSiliconValley Reports the Vonage IPO is over subscribed…

But more likely it’s speculators hoping the company will end up being
acquired by a telecom or cable outfit after its IPO.  “I think that’s
the reasonable exit strategy, ” American Technology Research analyst
Albert Lin told Reuters. “Even after the IPO, it will be a considerably
small company.”

Gooooood Luck!

Will Net Neutrality incent ISPs to Increase Access Speeds May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Politics.
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Like my ISP just did???? Will ISPs increase speed out of kindness of their hearts?

NO, they will do it because the market *makes* them do it.

I am paying for 1.5Mbs people, and this is my current reading.

dslreports.com speed test result on 2006-05-22 19:01:35 EST:
4932 / 7046
Your download speed : 4932 kbps or 616.5 KB/sec.
Your upload speed is much faster than down.. have you tweaked?Your upload speed : 7046 kbps or 880.7 KB/sec.PS: Welcome to dslreports.com! Run more tests! see forums

I Wonder How John Stossel feels Net Neutrality? May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Enough Already, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Web 2.0, Words to Live By.

"I started out by viewing the marketplace as a
cruel place, where you need intervention by government and lawyers to
protect people. But after watching the regulators work, I have come to
believe that markets are magical and the best protectors of the
consumer. It is my job to explain the beauties of the free market."

ABC News correspondent John Stossel (Oregonian, 10/26/94)


Does Google Really Have Everyone Else on the Ropes? May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Web 2.0.
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Not quite.

Google, Yahoo! and MSN: Property Size-up

By popular demand, I’ve gone through several Hitwise categories to
compile the table below that shows where Google, Yahoo! and MSN
properties stack up in their respective categories. The percentages
represented in the right hand column are the percentages of visits in
respect to visits to that category.

portal properties table 2.PNG

If Google is really showing this poorly outside of everything except search….why do they FEEL like they are winning so BigTime?

Net Neutrality, Not American May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Search, Web 2.0.

When Tim Berners-Lee started off with a French net neutrality example I knew his essay was in jeopardy. As the inventor of the internet (Sorry Gore) and working for Google, he definitely has a horse in this race however Net Neutrality is simply Not Free Market, Not Market Based and Not American.

If I make an investment in the future, take a risk, deploy capital, and build something better I should be able to charge a market rate for that product. RBOCs are not a great poster child for this debate because they were derived from a government created monopoly.

That was then, this is now.

If Comcast or SBC wants to charge Google, Yahoo or MSN more for streaming video or whathaveya they should be able to. Consumers will be able to switch providers if their current provider is too slow rendering their favorite sites.

The Market will Take Care of This.

Notice how quiet the big web — networking vendors are of course totally against any sort of net neutrality- companies have been regarding this. They don't want net neutrality because they think it will lock out start ups (thus keeping them at the top) and it could. However I think the SBCs of the world are more interested in Google, Yahoo and MSN at this point.

Life is not fair.

It never will be. However, consumers will have choices on their service provider and that should keep the Backbone companies honest. We will see. Socializing bandwidth will never be the answer. It doesn't promote innovation, and innovation is why we have the internet.

Say what you will about Cosby, he is a funny Guy! May 16, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Words to Live By.
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Bill Cosby – “A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”

Long Tail – Proof Positive May 16, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, Web 2.0.
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A recent study by Roger Magoulas and Ben Lorica of O’Reilly Research
provided strong data to support the assertion that online access drives
usage of content that is generally not available in print. We compared
sales reported through Nielsen Bookscan for the fourth quarter of 2005 with access logs from both O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online service and from Google Book Search. The result provides compelling support for Chris Anderson’s “long tail” theory.

Read the Whole thing…

Now how do we stop thinking about dumb Ajax-y websites and really take advantage of this????

Poor Poor Vonage IPO May 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Web 2.0.
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SkypeOut Now Free in U.S. Canada

Somebody over at Vonage must’ve made Meg angry. Very Angry.

update: Om Expands on the story…a tad more useful than Zack’s snark