Magical Reasoning About Title II Regulation

The trouble with 477 is that providers can only report on the areas they cover, while the real questions are about the areas they don’t. It may be that the best way to get the data we need is through the Census. It deserves some investigation even though Pallone and Doyle didn’t raise the question.

May 9, 2018 0

From the Core to the Edge: Perspective on Internet Prioritization

The Internet is not simply a sandbox for network research any more, it has become the primary means of electronic communication around the world. Before long, it will be the only such means and we will all be better for it. Please allow firms that depend on networking to invest efficiently so as to maximize their incentives to innovate.

April 17, 2018 0

Trouble in Fibertown

When faced with the need to either stagnate or grow, Novell chose the status quo path. Let’s hope Orem doesn’t repeat the error with UTOPIA. It might have been a great idea in 2002, but the visions many of us had of networking in those days were blind to the progress that was possible for wireless. That was a serious miscalculation.

March 21, 2018 0

California Dreaming…about the Internet

Consumers were easy to get wound up about their ISPs ten years ago, when the Internet was new to them and their access to it was gated by a high-priced broadband plan. But I’m not so sure consumer rage is to easily channeled today

February 15, 2018 0

The Vast 5G Conspiracy and Other Oddities

In this edition of the High Tech Forum podcast, Richard and Shane discuss the report from Axios (or was it InfoWars?) about a White House intern’s plan for government takeover…

February 2, 2018 0

Community Broadband is Cheaper – and Slower

A recent study by the Berkman Klein Center shows that publicly-funded broadband networks are cheaper – but slower – than those built with private capital. On average, consumers who buy broadband service from a government provider pay $10 per month less than those who patronize commercial providers, but their download speeds are close to 7 Mbps slower.

January 16, 2018 0

Training Wheels for the Internet

We’re on the brink of the rollout of a new technology that promises to offer more competition for residential broadband. Allowing 5G to flourish is much more important than keeping the training wheels on the Internet.

December 6, 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

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

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