Howard Roark

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  1. Howard Roark

    Nick Coe is showing out

    The 35 is when Spurrier exposed the defense (the MSU game was different). Specifically he attacked Therize and a couple other mismatches. I told a friend of mine after the game, we better find a way to fix that or things are going to get ugly. We didn't.
  2. Howard Roark

    AP AU #9

    If we get past Washington, I believe we will be undefeated when we get to Athens. LSU, State, and A&M are not on our level.
  3. Howard Roark

    A good detailed analysis of Stidham

    It might be long, but it is some good content. They do a good job of pointing out Stidham's strengths and weaknesses. Also, you really get a feel for how quickly a QB needs to make a decision.
  4. Howard Roark

    2018 Fall Camp - 8/07/18 (First Day Full Pads)

    They might be planning more 1 back formations. Makes sense.
  5. Howard Roark

    Malzahn/Lindsey reactions to scrimmage

    The good thing about football is that is not (for the most part) a beauty contest. Sports writers can write anything they like, but ultimately the game must be played. If Auburn's O-line is bad it will be bad, if it is good... No writers opinion will change either fact. Also, there can only stir up controversy if Auburn people care / believe what they write. I think most of us are pretty jaded by it all now. Let spuat fans enjoy reading articles in the off-season, I prefer the enjoyment I got reading articles immediately following the Iron Bowl last year. It was worth a year of negativity.
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    replacing 4 starters on offensive line

    I believe if Hamm can step up and take the RG position, this line has a chance to be really good. It would give us an experienced center (very important) and some talented players across the board.
  7. I read it and it is complete fiction. There aren't any boogie men in the tax bill so just make them up. The Republicans have to stomach for any of the things she speculated they were secretly scheming to do at the boot of the Koch brothers. If this is what you ingest for political knowledge, it explains a great deal about your positions. On a side note: Are the Koch brothers really that big a worry for you on the Left?
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    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality

    When the solution is always more government control it is certainly a political dogma. Your point is a distinction without a difference.
  9. Howard Roark

    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality

    Like I said before, it is not the intention of NN I have the problem with, it is the unintended consequences. There is a very strong possibility and likelihood it would be abused. I trust the corrections of the market over government regulations. Regulators can easily be corrupted. I also strongly believe the government should eliminate monopolies not support them.
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    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality

    Apparently, there are several people on this forum who are suffering from cognitive dissonance on this. It comes from elevating a political dogma "government regulations" to a position of divine truth which completely disregards human nature. Karl Marx has become the new God. Funny how that works isn't it.
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    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality DESPITE PUBLIC, POLITICAL, and business interest in greater broadband deployment, not every American has high-speed internet access yet (let alone a choice of provider for really fast, high-capacity service). So who’s really to blame for strangling broadband competition? While popular arguments focus on supposed “monopolists” such as big cable companies, it’s government that’s really to blame. Companies can make life harder for their competitors, but strangling the competition takes government. Broadband policy discussions usually revolve around the U.S. government’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yet it’s really our local governments and public utilities that impose the most significant barriers to entry. GAME OF KICKBACKS Deploying broadband infrastructure isn’t as simple as merely laying wires underground: that’s the easy part. The hard part — and the reason it often doesn’t happen — is the pre-deployment barriers, which local governments and public utilities make unnecessarily expensive and difficult. Before building out new networks, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must negotiate with local governments for access to publicly owned “rights of way” so they can place their wires above and below both public and private property. ISPs also need “pole attachment” contracts with public utilities so they can rent space on utility poles for above-ground wires, or in ducts and conduits for wires laid underground. The problem? Local governments and their public utilities charge ISPs far more than these things actually cost. For example, rights of way and pole attachments fees can double the cost of network construction. So the real bottleneck isn’t incumbent providers of broadband, but incumbent providers of rights-of-way. These incumbents — the real monopolists — also have the final say on whether an ISP can build a network. They determine what hoops an ISP must jump through to get approval. This reduces the number of potential competitors who can profitably deploy service — such as AT&T’s U-Verse, Google Fiber, and Verizon FiOS. The lack of competition makes it easier for local governments and utilities to charge more for rights of way and pole attachments. It’s a vicious circle. And it’s essentially a system of forced kickbacks. Other kickbacks arguably include municipal requirements for ISPs such as building out service where it isn’t demanded, donating equipment, and delivering free broadband to government buildings. SO WHAT ABOUT GOOGLE FIBER? But the story changes when ISPs have enough leverage. In Kansas City and Austin, local governments wanted Google Fiber more than they wanted kickbacks. So they expedited the permitting process, gave Google rights-of-way access for little to no cost, and allowed Google to build-out selectively — i.e., in neighborhoods where consumers actually expressed demand. It also helped that these local governments had less leverage because the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Texas had streamlined video franchising laws so a provider need only get one license for the entire state. “t’s clear that investment flows into areas that are less affected by regulation than areas that are dominated by it,” observed Milo Medin, Google’s Vice President of Access Services, in summarizing the lessons of Google’s Kansas City experience in Congressional testimony. When even well-established companies like Google are deterred by such barriers to entry, is it really surprising that there aren’t more competitors jumping into the broadband market? As Medin pointed out, “just imagine the impact on small and medium-sized enterprises.” So far, everybody has benefited from clearing regulatory barriers for Google Fiber. And many more will benefit as local governments relax their regulations to make new entry feasible for Google Fiber and other new entrants. Even if it’s just the potential to expand, Google Fiber exerts competitive pressure on cable. (Remarkably, cable’s sharpest critics don’t even mention Google Fiber and other fiber companies in portraying cable as a permanent monopoly.) Yet in this seed of success lies the potential for a new competition-strangling problem: What if local governments lower barriers for some competitors — like Google or their own public utility service — but not others? Local politicians and regulators could then take credit for new high-speed broadband without giving up the exorbitant fees and other kickbacks they can force incumbent providers to pay today. The real bottleneck isn’t incumbent providers of broadband, but incumbent providers of rights-of-way. But selectively clearing barriers won’t let broadband competition flourish either. WHAT’S THE SOLUTION THEN? OPEN ACCESS The ‘open access’ term gets thrown around a lot as code for creating artificial competition among resellers of a monopoly service at government-controlled rates. There’s no better way to kill incentives for building out or upgrading new networks. But ‘open access’ really means promoting easy, inexpensive and open access to publicly owned rights-of-way. Because broadband competition can work — if localities would just get out of the way. Google showed in Kansas City, and now in Austin and Provo, just what can happen if local governments work with — instead of against — broadband providers to bring high-speed broadband to their citizens. Medin explained that “part of the reason we selected Kansas City for the Google Fiber project was because the city’s leadership and utility moved with efficiency and creativity in working with us to craft a real partnership.” In return, Kansas City got a fiber network it couldn’t possibly afford to build on its own — or maintain. Municipalities like Provo, Utah that thought they could afford to build their own public fiber network found they couldn’t afford to run it. That’s why Provo, Utah sold their fiber network to Google for just $1. This is the best kind of public-private partnership: By removing regulatory barriers, local governments can let the private sector deploy broadband. That’s far better than borrowing money (which taxpayers will eventually have to repay) to build lumbering public broadband utilities that have no incentive to keep costs down. What if local governments lower barriers for some competitors — like Google or their own public utility service — but not others? Furthermore, by granting open access to their rights-of-way, local governments can drive competition and innovation in broadband infrastructure overall. After Google announced their plans for Austin, AT&T promised to follow suit — but only if they got “the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives.” Some called that hypocritical, but the fact remains that we, they, and other broadband providers do need tech-neutral deregulation. Because broadband providers have repeatedly tried to deploy network infrastructure, but gave up when cities and states demanded excessive rights-of-way fees or slowed the approval process to a crawl. Even when ISPs succeeded in building new networks, they were often delayed by lengthy lawsuits. Promoting broadband deployment to all Americans therefore requires that local governments expedite rights-of-way approvals and charge only to cover maintenance costs (like the cost of digging up a street to lay fiber). Even the FCC knows this. Recognizing that securing access to publicly owned infrastructure is difficult, time-consuming, and a turn-off to investment, the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan called on governments at all levels to “ensure that network providers have easier access to poles, conduits, ducts and rights-of-way.” Local governments have become used to thinking of rights-of-way as revenue streams. But they’re missing the bigger opportunity. Yet very little has changed in three years due to utility lawsuits; outdated definitions in the Telecommunications Act; uneven deployment of the FCC’s pro-competition rules across the 50 United States; and the looming threat of state and local government lawsuits against streamlined rules. Localities are scared of losing revenue, but those revenues are really hidden taxes that are ultimately borne by broadband users. Politically, open access won’t really happen until local governments realize they’ve been thinking too small and too short-term; they’ve become used to thinking of rights-of-way and franchising concessions as revenue streams. But they’re missing the bigger opportunity: promoting broadband as a basic ingredient of economic growth — and growing their tax base. If we really want more ISPs building better broadband, let’s start by not making it so damned hard to build. The key to promoting broadband competition is streamlining the process for anyone who wants to build a network. The game of kickbacks benefits only incumbent providers and local politicians. The game of networks benefits us all — because the battle for customers will drive prices down, improve service, and force everyone to keep innovating.
  12. Howard Roark

    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality

    Really? So why is no one entering that market, it certainly sounds lucrative.
  13. Howard Roark

    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality

    ISP market would also be a great deal more competitive if government got out of the way. The dangers of NN (as I pointed out) is companies will try to use NN to block competitors.
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    FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality

    If you have no other choice, that is a monopoly not monopolistic. ISP have this position because they were given it by government entities, not because they dominated their competition.