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Alan Daley
Alan Daley
Writer, American Consumer Institute
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      Alan Daley

      Alan Daley is a writer for The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, a nonprofit educational and research group. He is currently retired, after working in the tech community, including a startup small business.

$3.3 Billion That Belongs To The Public

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler chairs an open hearing on Net Neutrality at the FCC headquarters Feb. 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In the FCC’s recent incentive auction for spectrum, a total of $41 billion was bid. As expected, the winning bidders tended to be enormous, but this time, exceedingly small Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo stood out. Both have affiliation with Dish Network, the satellite TV outfit with revenues of $14.6 billion and a market cap of $32 billion. Since Northstar and SNR’s were reportedly penniless and their bids were backed by Dish, the team’s bids were logically bids from a large bidder, Dish Network.

Net Neutrality: A Seductive Political Euphemism

11:03 AM 06/11/2014

At the end of 2012, there were 634 million websites scattered across the world. In the U.S., physical connections to websites are carried by dozens of commercial backbone operators and large last mile ISPs (Internet Service Providers), such as those using cellular, satellite, cable, fiber or plain old copper. As well, there are hundreds of smaller ISPs, including many small ISPs, over builders, Wi-Fi and WiMax networks.

Net Neutrality: A Light At The End Of The Pipe?

12:40 PM 05/05/2014

The Network Neutrality saga began a decade ago when “bits just wannabe free” thinking embraced a theme of socialized broadband benefits from privatized investment. The early, aggressive Net Neutrality backers were website sources with the highest internet volumes at that time (search and email, music downloads, and a handful of video sources).

Mugged by the ticket cartel gatekeepers

7:34 PM 04/02/2014

Entertainers and ticket sellers have a right to earn an honest living, but we’re tired of being mugged at the ticket booth. Shameless greed has become standard practice and it’s neither entertaining nor sportsman-like conduct. Ticket vendors have perfected the art of trolling. They slap high fees on ticket sales and for the event tickets that are returned and resold, total fees sometimes 75 percent above or even higher than the ticket’s face value.

New Jersey colludes with the auto dealer cartel in blocking Tesla from direct sales

5:37 PM 03/19/2014

Tesla sells its electric cars directly to customers, no middleman, and customer demand is so brisk that a backlog of has developed. The popularity of the cars and the direct sales model is very disturbing to automobile dealers, and in some states they have enlisted politicians to hobble Tesla’s distribution model. Five states have banned Tesla direct sales and four have imposed nasty restrictions or have similar legislation pending.