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Was Wittgenstein a Conservative?

Is Wittgenstein’s later philosophy – as epitomized in the Philosophical Investigations (referred to as “PI”) – a philosophy of conservatism? Or, stated less academically and more usefully: Does Wittgenstein’s later philosophy teach anything of value to people who are not inclined toward political conservatism?

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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.


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.


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


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


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


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

Published in Counterpunch, Nov. 1, 2013:

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


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.

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Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC) 

In wake of the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry called Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments, competitive access to multi-tenant properties is again a burning public policy issue. We intend to summarize the controversy in a series of blog entries in the coming weeks.

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