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05
May
2014

Exclusive Use of Inside Wiring Clauses in Cable ROE Agreements

How "exclusive use of inside wiring" clauses in cable ROE agreements circumvent FCC rules and policies favoring video competition at MDU properties.

18
January
2014

Obliteration of Privacy

What did Edward Snowden reveal?

...if someone has nothing to hide, then it’s OK for the government to snoop. It’s an interesting notion because the underlying assumption is that only those with something to hide have anything like “privacy” in the first place – and it’s OK to violate the privacy of a sneak because if you have something to hide, you’re guilty of something, and justice demands that the guilty be exposed and punished. In other words, the assumption is that privacy implies secrecy and secrecy implies guilt. So to the extent that privacy exists at all, it’s not legitimate.

31
December
2013

A note on Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy - Late-Comer

Cormac McCarthy is a self-styled late-comer to American literature. He writes as if nothing in the literary world has happened since William Faulkner passed, or perhaps since Herman Melville completed Moby Dick. Like most if not all of the central characters in his novels, the authorial image McCarthy projects through his work is that of a solitary stranger in the post-modern world, uninterested in publicity, politics, awards or memoires; he positions himself as the last of the great modernists, a fashioner of myths and a believer in masterpieces. McCarthy resolutely allows his work to speak for itself, and based on the publically available evidence it’s no concern of his whether the public chooses to listen or not.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

19
November
2013

Consumer Choice in Online Video Act

Several months ago the FCC launched a Notice of Inquiry concerning whether the definition of “Multi-channel Video Programming Distributor” or “MVPD” should be expanded to include online video distributors (“OVDs”) such as Netflix. That action was prompted by Sky Angel’s attempt to file a program access complaint with the FCC. To date, however, the FCC has done nothing more than receive comments from the public.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

12
November
2013

The Kandutsch Law Office selected as one of the Top 100 Technology Providers.

The Kandutsch Law Office has been selected by Broadband Communities magazine for the second straight year as one of the Top 100 Technology Providers.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

04
November
2013

The United States of American Broadband: A Review of Captive Audience by Susan Crawford

Published in Counterpunch, Nov. 1, 2013: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/01/the-state-of-american-broadband/

It's no secret that the state of broadband deployment in the United States is inadequate by any measure applicable to the world's wealthiest nation. According to backbone provider Akamai's most recent assessment of web traffic, the number of people who have adopted broadband (measured at anything above 4 Mbps) was 62 percent, which puts the U.S. at number twelve in the worldwide rankings when it comes to adoption, and number nine when it comes to average speeds. These are not impressive rankings for the world's largest economy, and current trends do not bode well for America's future.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

05
September
2013

The "Moral Standing" of Governments

Recently in conversation I remarked to a friend that the United States government lacks moral standing to judge another government in violation of generally accepted moral norms of behavior (such as the use of chemical weapons) because the United States government routinely and habitually violates those same and similar generally accepted norms of behavior, including international law.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

29
July
2013

Comments on the Affordable Care Act

The comments below were written by my brother Mark, who is a physician in Bar Harbor, Maine

Comments on the Affordable Care Act 
By: Mark A. Kandutsch, M.D.

The American Association of Orthopedic Medicine is not a typical conservative bunch; as I write this, I am returning to Maine from their annual meeting. The conference hall had a high ratio of (mostly graying) pony-tails and Birkenstocks vs. suits and ties... So why the cheers when one of the speakers announced a lawsuit against the FDA and President Obama's administration? After all, the President's health care reform program is often hailed as a triumph of progressive principles. I would like to explore some of the contradictions and sources of discomfort that I think led this free-thinking liberal audience to object to some concepts that are central to the President's version of health care reform.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

20
May
2013

"The Coming War over Net Neutrality"

On May 3, 2013, The New Yorker published a short article by Tim Wu called "The Coming War over Net Neutrality," available at http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/05/why-cable-companies-should-love-a-free-internet.html.

The article argues that cable operators ought to support the FCC's so-called "net neutrality" rules, issued in 2010's In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Indus. Practices, 25 F.C.C.R. 17905, in order to preserve the Internet's "zero-prices rule." Under the zero-prices rule, a consumer's price for joining a network is zero; the price that users and websites pay to reach each other is zero; and the price that big websites charge ISPs to carry their content is also zero.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

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