It appears that Europeans have discovered that creating additional regulations that restrict responsible network management has a deleterious effect on broadband consumers. I'm looking forward to seeing both of these upcoming reports on this issue.
I can't agree more. Our broadband retail price hasn't changed in years. And more and more customers are taking advantage of our bundled discounting opportunities so the effective rate of our broadband product is going down every year. We are managing our business efficiently and effectively for our customers. No one has been prevented from going to any legal site on the Internet, without government regulation making that our policy. And we are typical of every cable company I'm familiar with when it comes to neutrality policy.
When we debate the need for more or less regulation, let's not confuse telecommunications policy with the world financial industry's meltdown. Our experience is a great example of a consumer success because competition has worked without government intervention. I agree with the European studies that preemptive regulation will only negatively impact consumers.
Apple Tops Expectations as iPhone Use Spreads [New York Times]
On another subject, some of you might find it interesting that Firefox is the number two browser used by my visitors -- nearly one in three visitors used it yesterday. More interesting to me, 55% use cable modems, 20% are unknown connections, and only 15% connect via DSL. Of course Insight customers are using their cable modems but we do have a substantial readership from outside our service area. I think the surprisingly low DSL number is reflective of the fact that cable is outperforming DSL by leaps and bounds.
Congress Sends Questions to NTIA [Broadcasting and Cable]
Here's what I said a few days ago about the FCC's need to focus on on this subject.
Remember. Focus! Focus! Focus!
I don't yet have a report from our network management folks but I don't think we've seen a drop off either. Too bad.