Last week, AT&T formally launched DirecTV Now, its much-hyped streaming video service. Customers can choose from four bundles of traditional cable channels, which they can receive over their broadband networks rather than through a traditional cable system and set-top box. These bundles tend to be priced lower than traditional cable packages—and the introductory offer of 100+ channels for $35 per month has drawn significant media attention. By offering traditional cable programming in an innovative...
Daniel Lyons is a Visiting Scholar 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.
many in the tech community are asking what will become of net neutrality. Although the president-elect said little about the issue during the campaign, most pundits agree that reversing the controversial Open Internet Order will be a top priority for the incoming Federal Communications Commission. For net neutrality supporters, it is worth reflecting how the agency got to this point. In retrospect, the key moment for net neutrality was neither the FCC’s 2015 Title II reclassification order nor Trump’s 2016 electoral victory. It was outgoing Chairman Tom Wheeler’s decision to reject a legislative compromise that would have insulated net neutrality from review, a display of regulatory hubris that empowered Trump to undo President Obama’s signature tech policy initiative.
$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, first leaked last Friday, is big. Very big. Even in an industry that has been pockmarked by a quarter century of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) megadeals, this one stands out. Fortune Magazine notes that if completed, this will be the third-largest media merger ever — which is noteworthy for many reasons, including that every deal in the top five has involved Time Warner, AT&T, or both. The transaction touches on a panoply of topics, including cable news, the NCAA March Madness tournament, and the future of the DC comics universe.
apparently some dispute among process servers about whether to say “you’ve been served” after doing so). But the always-fantastic Eric Goldman highlights a recent decision in which the court allowed the defendant to be served electronically — via Twitter.