A User’s Guide to the Video Wars

Over the next year or so, there will be skirmishes in Congress about video regulations.  On the surface, they may sound technical – men wearing ties will bandy about terms like “compulsory license” and “local-into-local” – and it will be very easy to ignore the whole thing. But there are giants moving on the face of the earth when it comes to video, and many dollars are at stake. Just add zeroes until you get interested. Here’s a quick user’s guide to the video wars: 1. The vehicle. The legislative…

FISA stall tactics

I’m trying to figure out what happened to FISA today. There was supposed to be a debate and vote today, with some kind of deal with the Democrats (see opencongress.org) to consider amendments. Those amendments the Republicans thought didn’t have a chance even within the Democratic members would be subject to a simple majority vote. Oddly, the amendment that would have done away with telco immunity was on the simple majority list. According to the gossip, the Republicans were convinced the Democrats wouldn’t be able to pull themselves together to…