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You Get What You Measure: Internet Performance Measurement as a Policy Tool

The emphasis on one facet of internet performance, such as last mile broadband networks, tends to minimize other factors that may be more important to the user, such as the performance impact of tracking networks, browsers, webpage design, and web server performance.

November 16, 2017 0

The Great Social Media Freakout

Senator Al Franken got Silicon Valley’s attention by proposing to apply net neutrality regulations to mega-gatekeepers Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al. Writing in The Guardian, the senator correctly observed that…

November 14, 2017 0

50 Shades of Needless Complexity: Avoiding Policy-Induced Outages

The Internet broke Monday morning. Not for everybody, of course: the outages just hit people who get their Internet service from an ISP that uses Level 3 for backbone service…

November 8, 2017 0

Depressing Investment Figures

Investment Trends

Figures released by US Telecom on Tuesday showed reduced spending on broadband infrastructure for the second year in a row. While 2014 was the best year for broadband investment since the fiber bubble…

November 1, 2017 0

Internet Monopoly Platform Crisis

Monopoly Platform Crisis

How the tables have turned. At the dawn of the net neutrality debate, the good guys in the Internet marketplace were the scrappy platform startups created in dorm rooms and…

October 26, 2017 0

FCC Marriott Consent Decree Makes KRACK Attack Worse

By now you’ve certainly heard about the KRACK Internet security nightmare afflicting Wi-Fi. The exploit, discovered by Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, leverages a vulnerability in the IEEE 802.11i standard for  data…

October 17, 2017 0

AI: Useful Tool or Existential Threat?

Perhaps because there seems to be a shortage of natural intelligence these days, artificial intelligence is grabbing a prominent place in public discourse. MIT Technology Review is running an exceptional…

October 10, 2017 0

Cooking the Books While Startups Languish

Since leaving the FCC, former chairman Tom Wheeler and Special Advisor Gigi Sohn have relentlessly attacked current chairman Ajit Pai. This is an unusual breach of decorum because former FCC…

October 3, 2017 0

Tech Policy Tribalism

The tribal forces of the left appear to be forming a drum circle around the idea that rural broadband is entirely screwed up in the US so we need to create thousands of broadband co-ops to solve it the problem in a few decades. I think we can do a lot better, but only if we can forget about the tribal identities and apply some reasoning informed by facts.  

September 27, 2017 0

My FCC Comments on Broadband Progress

Here’s the summary of the comments I filed with the FCC on its broadband deployment report to Congress. A lot of the ink in the mainstream media today echoes a…

September 22, 2017 0