Follow the money

I’m on a panel next week that is nominally about virtual worlds but seems infinitely expandable, so I’m planning to talk about FCC regulation. It’s a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! kind of approach. You’ll recall that a petition was filed earlier this fall asking that the FCC require email forwarding. There was even a frisson of Congressional interest. I went back and looked at the filed comments. You may have all thought this was a pretty silly petition, but Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T, NCTA, USISPA, ITIC, and a bunch…

Three updates

Three stories moved forward today: 1. Verizon dropped its legal challenge to the 700 MHz auction rules. I have a feeling they’ve decided that there are ways to work around [link to post giving work-around clues] the no-locking, no-blocking conditions that the FCC established. Plus VZ doesn’t want to be the bad guy, charged by Congress with delaying the auction. They’ve got bigger problems on their hands given the NARAL flap and the fact that… 2. Comcast admitted “delaying” traffic on its network. I learned today that EFF had been…

Is the FCC in charge of email?

Today, the FCC posted online a request for responses to a Petition for Rulemaking that was filed during the summer. This is no ordinary petition. It asks the Commission to require email providers (like AOL and Yahoo!) to provide transition services to email users when their accounts are closed. Because these businesses have not traditionally been regulated by the FCC – but the FCC clearly believes it has power to tell them what to do – the petition will focus attention on the FCC’s broad assertion of authority first stated…