President Obama’s endorsement of them and the FCC’s decision to relax rules limiting the extent to which taxpayer-subsidized networks may compete with those funded by the private sector. While there is a case for subsidized networks where no provider is willing invest, it is far from clear that governments – be they national, state or municipal – are well-placed to commission and oversee network rollouts. Without the normal commercial pressures to make a return on invested capital, such projects can lead to “gold-plated” investment in infrastructure that vastly exceeds end-user demand. Absence of competition also leads to such operations being less efficient. This is exactly what has happened in Australia, and it has placed a significant cost burden on the very taxpayers whom the network was supposed to benefit.
comedy first, comedy second,” features dancing chickens, dingoes, a cartoon diseased lung named Jeff, and a puppy supreme court, among other outrageous gags. Interspersed throughout the humor, however, is fact-checked, deep-dive journalism, which is usually on-point and highly entertaining. However, Oliver’s recent arguments regarding net neutrality and US infrastructure belie a logical inconsistency worth addressing.
cyberattacks against the Iranian nuclear program. It recently emerged that the Iranians have successfully hit back against targets in the west. Frightened by this slow-moving conflict, the New York Times editorialized last week that the "best way forward is to accelerate international efforts to negotiate limits on the cyberarms race, akin to the arms-control treaties of the Cold War." Senior military analysts have advanced similar arguments. Cyber-conflict is certainly a serious policy challenge, but Cold War-style arms control is almost certainly the wrong approach to dealing with it.
Open Internet order invalidated Internet throttling, “fast lanes” and pay-to-play arrangements, to be sure. But these practices either don’t exist at all or are essential features of the Internet, depending on how the terms are defined. The prudent analyst would turn to the 317-page text of the order to determine what the FCC has in mind, but unfortunately it’s still hidden from the public. Even the victorious protestors celebrating the order don’t know what’s in it. Without specifics, we simply can’t say how good or bad this order is.