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[News] FCC Says to Itself: "We're Doing Well..."

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Broadband stimulus and the FCC's Internet policy statement

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| This week's hoopla over at the Federal Communications Commission focused on 
| the launching of a Notice of Inquiry that is seeking comment on a National 
| Broadband Plan, which the agency must produce for Congress by February of 
| 2010. "If we do our job well," interim FCC Chair Michael Copps told an Open 
| Commission meeting audience on Wednesday, "this will be the most formative—
| indeed transformative—proceeding ever in the Commission’s history."     



Reboot the FCC

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| The solution here is not tinkering. You can't fix DNA. You have to bury it.
| President Obama should get Congress to shut down the FCC and similar
| vestigial regulators, which put stability and special interests above the
| public good. In their place, Congress should create something we could call
| the Innovation Environment Protection Agency (iEPA), charged with a simple
| founding mission: "minimal intervention to maximize innovation." The iEPA's
| core purpose would be to protect innovation from its two historical enemies—
| excessive government favors, and excessive private monopoly power.


My comment to the FCC on DRM

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| DRM is a disaster for everyone involved with it, because it cannot do what it
| claims but imposes large costs in the process of failing. The people who have
| sold DRM technologies to Big Media are frauds playing on the ignorance of
| media executives, and both the media companies and the consumer have suffered
| greatly and unnecessarily as a result.
| DRM cannot do what it claims for at least three reasons. First, pirates
| readily bypass it by duplicating physical media. Second, DRM algorithms
| cannot “see” any data that the host device does not present to them; thus,
| they can always be spoofed by a computer emulating an environment in which
| the DRM algorithm thinks release is authorized. Third, for humans to view or
| hear the content it must at some point exit the digital realm of DRM to a
| screen and speakers; re-capturing the data stream at that point bypasses any
| possible protections.

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