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…

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…