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The XM and Sirius Merger
Two opposing views courtesy of The Wall Street Journal’s always-interesting Reply All feature.
Mon avis? You either have government regulation or you don’t. By rights, satellite radio companies should have been free to congeal and launch space rockets all on their own. With a half-dozen such companies, all competing for the ears of America’s hundred million possible subscribers, prices would be low and quality would be high. Instead, the Federal Communications Commission invented the power to regulate how many satellite radio companies may exist. The FCC decided upon two. Amazingly, this duopoly turned out to provide nearly identical services at identical prices and with probably-identical costs. Besides increasing price, the merger probably won’t change the consumer experience much. The market, constrained by government regulation, has nowhere to go. There is, in other words, no hope for innovation, whether the two firms merge or not. Instead of wringing its hands over the merger, the government should deregulate satellite radio.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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