Amazon banned the sale of Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast units on its site. The announcement triggered a deluge of criticism, including calls by some to investigate whether the decision violates antitrust laws. But these calls are misguided. Amazon’s new strategy likely falls in the “unwise but not illegal” category. Consumers can – and likely will – make their displeasure known through market behavior, without the need for a regulator to help Amazon get the message.
Daniel Lyons is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, and an associate professor at Boston College Law School, where he specializes in telecommunications and Internet regulation, as well as administrative law. Professor Lyons’ scholarship focuses on the challenges that technological development poses for legacy regulatory regimes. Among other topics, he has written on technology convergence and the need to redefine the boundary between federal and state jurisdiction over telecommunications; the relationship between net neutrality and traditional common carriage; and the importance of allowing pricing innovation in broadband markets. He is also a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Free State Foundation and a Fellow with the Boston Bar Association. Before joining the faculty, Professor Lyons practiced energy and telecommunications law at Munger, Tolles & Olson and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Professor Lyons earned both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Harvard University and after graduation, he clerked for Hon. Cynthia Holcomb Hall on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California.
fourteen times since, including four times during his re-election year. As the line between politician and celebrity continues to blur, and viewers increasingly demand to see their candidates in late-night settings, it is time to revisit the arcane rules governing broadcasters’ responsibilities to cover political issues and candidates “fairly.”
over 650,000 subscribers cancelled their pay television subscriptions last quarter, making it the worst ever for subscriber growth. Much of the media attention has been focused on how cable operators and linear channels will respond to the growing threat from over-the-top providers such as Netflix. Less studied is the impact that cord-cutting will have on another sector highly dependent on cable revenue: municipal governments.
approved a bipartisan bill designed to “improve transparency, accountability, and predictability” at the agency. Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has launched a task force to tackle reforms suggested by a 2014 staff working group. And perhaps none have taken more interest in this topic than FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, who has penned several blog posts in recent months challenging the commission to change “business as usual” in specific ways. But what does “process reform” mean in practice?
attacking usage-based broadband pricing. Provocatively entitled “Artificial Scarcity,” it purports to show “how data caps harm consumers and innovation.” But the report is short on evidence in support of its proposition, and overall it fails to present a balanced view of various broadband pricing strategies. While there are several points worth discussing, this blog post will focus on five key errors.