August 5th, 2010

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Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

FCC cancels closed door talks on NN in wake of outcry against Goog-VZ deal.

GigaOm Julius, Man Up! Silicon Valley, Wake Up! Gosh, I wish I'd said something like that. :)

Funny thing, I was late to work this morning because I needed to watch the last ep of the Eccleston Dr. Who, where Rose is sitting with Mickey and her Mom and saying "there is a better way to live! We don't have to just accept what's happening to us! We can do something!" Because, sometimes, I need to remind myself about that. Aaron (now back from Jambo) asked me why I "needed" to watch Dr. Who this morning and I replied: because sometimes, it is important to remember that it's better to stand and fight than cower quietly in the darkness on Level 000. And besides, you never know, a pretty girl in a TARDIS may show up to save you."
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Alan Grayson Sells Out To Telcos At Top Of The Market

Alas for Alan Grayson, progressive lion and champion of the left. He chose to sell out net neutrality to the telcos (for which he received a big love hug from Andrew Breitbart and a shout our from the same week that progressives got pissed off on this issue because the sight of Goog-VZ actually dividing the internet between them turned out to be a turn off.

A good name is better than precious oil, but you only get to sell it once.

Like the other Democratic sell outs on this issue, Grayson professes a love for net neutrality in the abstract and an utter willingness to prevent it from actually being enforceable. He therefore joined the 75 other democrats telling FCC Chair Julius Genachowski to take no action until Congress can pass a law to address this issue, which Grayson thinks Congress can do before the end of the year. I have no doubt that Grayson really believes that and is not merely parroting AT&T talking points. After all, the fact that Congress cannot even pass healthcare for 9/11 rescue workers is not an indicator that this would run into trouble. Indeed -- Grayson informs Huffington post that telcos "support net neutrality."

Of course, explaining incoherent bullshit like this is a little harder.

HuffPost asked Grayson if he'd support FCC action that would ultimately be substituted by congressional action once Congress got its act together. "I think both is not a viable legal concept. You either have regulations or you have statutes. You literally are not permitted to have a regulation on the same subject as a statute. The statute occupies the field," he said, following up in an e-mail to clarify that regulations are intended to "implement and supplement" statutes.

By this logic EPA should not regulate greenhouse gasses, because Congress may still pass a climate change bill.

A good name is better than precious oil, but you only get to sell it once. Sad for Grayson he sold it when the market cratered.
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Link Harvest: Carriers Tell FCC No Authority For Pub Safety Rules

As a result of the Comcast ruling last month, rural carriers are telling the FCC they do not have the authority to set public safety rules for broadband reliability.

Good thing nothing can possibly go wrong with the internet! Like the levies in New Orleans, the financial system, or oil wells in the Gulf, why sould we give some nasty bad federal agency actual authority to deal with an emergency situation when nothing could possibly ever go wrong.