Fairfax New Zealand, the local operator of one of two Australasian newspaper giants struggling to find a viable business model in the internet age, had launched a new business venture. Fairfax is now the proud owner of 51 percent of a brand new ISP, Stuff Fibre. Is this a cunning plan or a train wreck waiting to happen?
overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order preempting municipal broadband regulations in Tennessee and North Carolina. Most court watchers were unsurprised, for as I explained in a post shortly after oral argument, the agency was on shaky legal ground (which explains why the Justice Department refused to defend the order, as it customarily does when agency action is challenged in court). Now that the decision has been released, it is useful to distill the case, dispel misconceptions, and discuss what exactly the court did — and did not — do.