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What Bill Maher Didn’t Understand About David Frum Last Friday

An unusual episode of Bill Maher’s comedy show aired this Friday before election day. The famously pot-smoking host apparently also felt the need for a few shots of Jack Black before the show, because, he explained, he was “shitting in … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and the Fundamental Weakness of Economic Science

The New York Times this morning ripped presidential contender Donald J. Trump’s economic precepts to shreds, which got me thinking about the weakness in economic science as the basis on which a modern society arrives at optimal strategies for government … Continue reading

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How I Missed the Republican Presidential Debate

The simple answer: I was on an airplane from Florida at 9 p.m. last night when Fox aired the debates so I missed it. I lacked a device to stream the debate through the airline’s WiFi (assuming I could find … Continue reading

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How Keurig Green Mountain Fall Through the ICE

Like razors that use disposable blades, Keurig coffeemakers from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (“GMCR”) operate by consuming disposable, single-use pods of ground coffee. Once upon a time the company’s “K-Cups” were patent protected and like makers of razor blades GMCR … Continue reading

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The Demise of Comcast-Time Warner: The Cost of Schizophrenia

On the Friday morning Comcast announced that it was abandoning its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, CEO Brian Roberts went on NBCUniversal’s business channel to assure the street that Comcast was “Okay, and looking forward to the future.” He … Continue reading

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Verizon’s Provocative Bet on Unbundling

Verizon announced recently that its FiOS video services will be available in slimmed-down, customizable bundles of fewer channels. These smaller bundles presumably will cost less and better reflect what subscribers actually watch. “Unbundling” has been a point of contention in … Continue reading

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Some Astonishing—and Astonishingly Wrong—Remarks about the Antitrust Case against Google in Europe

After the news broke on April 15 that the European Commission had sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging antitrust violations in how it presented its general search results commentators said some astonishing things. Jim Cramer said on CNBC … Continue reading

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What the New Net Neutrality Rules Mean for the Future of U.S. Telecom

Since the last post, the FCC, on March 12, 2015, approved an Order adopting what the Commission called “strong rules that protect consumers from past and future tactics that threaten the open Internet.” There were few surprises, as the Order … Continue reading

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Why Conditions and New Regulations Won’t Stop the Telecom Mega-Mergers

Some commentators believe that the government–the DOJ and/or FCC–could impose such onerous conditions on the mergers of Comcast/TWC/Charter and AT&T-DirecTV merger deals that the companies could walk away. After, neither deal carries a “breakup fee,” so throwing in the towel is … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality: Old Wine in New Bottles

The New York Times and others have written approvingly in recent weeks of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s apparent intent to reclassify the internet so it can be regulated according to common carrier principles, but the editorials omit the key development driving … Continue reading

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