Pulver does God’s work

Jeff Pulver files a petition with the FCC to get them to lay off internet TV. God’s work. To read chunks of the summary, click below for more.


Internet Video is an American-led phenomenon that allows professionals and non-
professionals alike to produce a wide variety of high-quality video content and to make it
available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, and at little or no incremental cost to anyone. This is
a remarkable achievement. For decades, distribution of video programming required both
specialized infrastructure and limited public resources. These substantial barriers to entry
resulted in pervasive regulation of the broadcasters and cable system operators that serve as
stewards of scarce public resources.

Internet Video shares none of the conditions that provided the rationale for traditional
broadcast and cable regulation. From a technical standpoint, Internet Video is simply a piece of
code, a software application riding over the Internet Protocol (IP). Internet Video is not tied to
underlying network infrastructure in the same ways that cable and broadcast-based video content
currently is tethered.

A technology that eliminates previous barriers to free speech, and makes the free press
even more accessible to and by all, should remain free of unnecessary regulations
that were
uniquely intended for the environment of legacy video platforms. Unfortunately, this outcome is
far from certain. The European Commission is already threatening to regulate certain
“audiovisual media services,” including specifically content distributed over the Internet through
live streaming and webcasting. This and other threats to impose legacy broadcast or cable
regulation on Internet Video burden the continued growth of what is emerging as an open and
flexible platform for video publishers and a vibrant and diverse source of new content for
consumers.

A grant of the requested relief is consistent with the Communications Act; the pro-
competitive, deregulatory policy goals of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and Commission
rules and precedent. Grant of this Petition will provide regulatory certainty that will promote
additional investment and innovation, continued deployment of broadband facilities, and the
United States’ role as a leader in new approaches to the production and distribution of video
content over the Internet.

  • http://everydotconnects.com Mike Chapman

    Great job. This is will be a massive fight. Keep us posted.

  • http://None Steve Tatta

    All this press release is doing is trying to get some marketing for pulver during his conference. The website and press release don’t actually say how they are going to do any of this and what it plasn to accomplish. We’ve seen this many times before. Someone says they are starting an association and then some members get together and end up doing nothing for the industry. Pulver does not even have time to answer his own e-mails let alone do this properly.

  • Steve Elbows

    Im not sure about that Steve Tatta, well at least the bit about not having time to setup an association – I didnt read anything about an association, but rather a petition to the FCC, something I believe Pulver has done sucessfully back when the V stood for Voice rather than video.

    What Im interested in is exactly what sort of regulation people fear, because I read the EU stuff that was rfernced, and a lot of it is to do with regulation of advertising. I support various forms of regulation of advertising, though obviously the devil is in the detail.

    I have been a rather vocal critic of Pulver’s network 2 venture, so I am prone to be cynical about the motives and timing of this stuff, but it could still be an actual initiative that does something, time will tell. Certainly I think its publicity for network2, something they need to be able to succeed. But a lot of the awareness of network2 seems to be amoungst industry people, due to the sorts of people such publicity techniques reach, and I guess network2 really need the masses of potential viewers to hear of them, im not sure that this FCC stuff will be a vehicle to achieve that. Thats the sort of thing the netowrk2 commpetition was supposed to achieve I assume.

  • http://bennett.com/blog Richard Bennett

    Good causes can be undermined by weak advocates making weak arguments, and that appears to be happening with this Pulver character:

    Internet Video is an American-led phenomenon that allows professionals and non-professionals alike to produce a wide variety of high-quality video content and to make it available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, and at little or no incremental cost to anyone.

    Lame and misleading. It would be best for all concerned if he kept his feelings to himself.