Babette Boliek is a visiting scholar with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Boliek is an associate professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law where she teaches a variety of courses including Communications Law, Antitrust, Contracts and Corporations. She . She holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarly writings may be found in the Boston College Law Review, Fordham Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal and other scholarly outlets and cover such diverse topics as net neutrality, sports telecasts, agency jurisdiction and the use of agency emergency powers.
Netflix has (finally) taken efforts to improve its data efficiency. The true cost of Netflix’s gluttonous use of broadband capacity has largely been zero or, more accurately, so dispersed among users and nonusers of Netflix as to be inconsequential to the corporate bottom line. Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs’) increased use of broadband data caps has had the healthy effect of making Netflix conserve a valuable resource: broadband capacity.
defended its choice to plunge the Internet into 1930s-style public utility regulation as a necessity for protecting the “status quo.” Is the FCC afraid of real innovation? Sure, the FCC says it wants innovation – of a certain preapproved kind. But real innovation is not that tame. It is unpredictable, tumultuous, unscripted. Change in technology is led by the amazing ingenuity of engineers, the visionary tenacity of business investors and the optimistic enthusiasm of first adopters. Real innovation is a roller coaster to be enjoyed – first seat, hands up – but the FCC, like the overprotective grandfather of another age, would force us all to stay forever placid on the merry-go-round. Why?