A ‘Competitive’ Alliance in Name Only

The language in the policy debate over the future of broadband ranges from the imprecise to the Orwellian. An “open” Internet, for example, means to some an uncensored one, to…

June 14, 2012 0

Senator Kohl, Competition, and Public Knowledge

Last week, I posted a note about forthcoming hearings under the auspices of the Senator Herb Kohl’s Anti-Trust Subcommittee regarding Verizon wireless’s new cross-marketing deal with a group of cable…

March 9, 2012 0

A Kick to the Head

I’ve written before about “cage match competition” in the broadband space – “space” seems like a better word than “industry” – in which the companies that deliver some part of the…

August 18, 2011 0

A Tip of the Cap

There’s an editorial in today’s New York Times called “To Cap, Or Not” and you have to wonder who writes this stuff. In a nutshell, this money line in the…

July 22, 2011 0

Why Liberals Should Think Twice About Net Neutrality

Why Liberals Should Think Twice About Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission is due to publish a new set of “net neutrality” rules in the Federal Register, after a six month wait. The rules’ arrival will revive an…

July 18, 2011 0

The Gang of Four

My friend Steve Rogers, the greatest pitcher in Expos/Nats history  (158 wins of which 37 were shutouts and a lifetime 3.17 ERA), once warned me that the most serious arm…

June 6, 2011 0

Video Killed the Radio Star

Remember that song?  It was recorded by a band called the Buggles and it was (ironically, in the true sense) the first song aired on MTV when the video channel…

May 31, 2011 0

The Cage Match

I keep wanting to write about the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile,  I really do – not because it’s so important, but because it’s really so unimportant.  Sure, there are…

May 12, 2011 2

The Tempest and the Teapot

Two things happened this month that have bearing on the course of the evolution of the broadband network. One was seen as momentous but, to me, is ultimately a non-event,…

March 25, 2011 0