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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

17
May
2013

Ripples from Aereo TV decision continue to widen

It's only been a little over six weeks since the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the Aereo TV litigation, which is summarized here: http://www.kandutsch.com/articles/aereo-2-broadcast-networks-zip. We've just begun to see the ripple effects of the court's decision, including News Corporation (Fox) announcing that it will consider re-packaging its free off-air TV channels as pay-TV cable channels, Senator John McCain's amendment of his cable a la carte bill in Congress to require the FCC to auction the spectrum of any broadcaster that moves its must-see programming to cable, Time Warner Cable's statement that if Aereo emerges victorious, the company might invest in similar antenna technology to avoid retransmission consent fees. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2013/05/02/f6b43b84-b27b-11e2-baf7-5bc2a9dc6f44_story.html.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

03
May
2013

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The association of poetry with magic goes back a long way in our culture, at least since Plato expelled poets from his Republic if not earlier. Less dramatically, let us say that the writing and reading of literature has always implied a transformative power – the power to transform the self and redeem the fallen world. But at the same time, at the end of the day, the poet needs to earn a living just like the plumber, and the weight of words adds nothing to nor subtracts from the weight of the world on one's shoulders.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

25
March
2013

Re-reading Nabokov

I wrote in a previous entry that I have been re-reading several novels first read in my youth. Recently, I have read several novels by Russian émigré writer Vladimir Nabokov, including Laughter in the Dark, Pnin, and now Lolita.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

30
January
2013

Cord-cutting, A la carte, sports channels

Cord-cutting is proceeding apace at the beginning of 2013.

According to a new survey from Nielsen Wire, homes with broadband Internet and free, broadcast TV are becoming a growing trend, increasing by 22.8 percent during the last year.

The number of homes subscribing to wired cable has decreased 4.1 percent in the last year, while telephone company-provided and satellite TV subscriptions have seen increases of 21.1 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

28
January
2013

Globalization of Popular Culture: Neymar and Bolano

Not long ago, I watched a cable show about "the 10 most hated celebrities in America."

Vindicated baby-killer Casey Anthony checked in at number one.

Curiosity moved me to Google the most hated celebrity in Brazil and the result was somewhat surprising. Hated celebrities 10 through 2 are the Brazilian versions of Paris Hilton, Spenser Pratt, and Kim Kardashian – obnoxious, extremely wealthy airheads who are famous for being famous.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

19
November
2012

Broadband Communities Magazine

Broadband Communities Magazine has recognized the Kandutsch Law Office as one of the Top 100 MDU Technology Providers for 2012. See http://bbcmag.epubxp.com/i/90470.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

15
November
2012

Current Legal Issues for Private Cable Operators

Notes for my presentation at IMCC meeting in St. Louis, October 17, 2012

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

25
July
2012

Aereo TV decision is putting pressure on broadcasters

On July 11, 2012, a U.S. District Court in New York denied a motion for preliminary injunction filed by broadcasters (including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCUniversal) to stop Aereo TV from continuing to deliver local TV stations to viewers to connected devices through the Internet. An interesting review of Aereo’s service can be found here.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

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