Animating Rural Broadband

Subsidies aren’t going to alleviate rural America’s broadband woes all by themselves, but with a little planning and some new technology we can do a lot with a little.

February 2, 2017 0

Is Net Neutrality Doomed?

Net neutrality is doomed by history and technology regardless of who sits atop the FCC. Neutrality is forced modularity, a losing proposition in every long run. Our reverence for for forced modularity comes from a fluke of history.

January 24, 2017 0

Reimagining the FCC for the 21st Century

I read an intriguing article on Airbus’s plans for flying cars in Digital Trends. Before the end of the year, Europe’s aircraft maker will be testing both single-passenger and no-passenger flying…

January 17, 2017 0

Rural Broadband is the FCC’s Top Priority

The FCC needs a commissioner with close ties to Capitol Hill who can help the members of her party forge alliances with Republicans to address the rural broadband problem more effectively. Improving the rural economy is in everyone’s interest because that’s where our food comes from. Continued advances in high-tech ag depend to a great extent on connectivity, so rural broadband is more important than idling away the hours watching TV reruns can ever be.

December 20, 2016 0

Augmented Reality Drama

Augmented reality drama makes the viewer part of the action. This is new, so it’s going to take some fairly close coordination among all the vertical parts of the entertainment supply chain to make it happen quickly. If we stick to old ways, it may take hundreds of years to create a Holodeck. But I hope it doesn’t.

December 8, 2016 0

The Year of Augmented Reality

AR leap-frogged VR on the strength of Pokèmon Go, the app that showed millions what it’s all about. Rather than VR paving the way for AR, they’re both going to develop in parallel. Here are some devices and apps.

December 6, 2016 0

Landing Team Invades the Echo Chamber

Technology regulation is a gatekeeper with an enormous role in determining the kind of future we will enjoy. Engineers can create awesome new systems, but if we can’t get buy-in…

November 24, 2016 0

Solving the Privacy Problem

As we inch toward the FCC’s October 27th Open Meeting that will decide the fates of video streaming and Internet advertising markets, speculation abounds about Chairman Wheeler’s course. In a…

October 6, 2016 0

Set-Top Box Fiasco

There’s been more drama around the FCC in the last two years than in the entire previous decade. First we had the spectacle of the White House ordering an abrupt…

October 3, 2016 0

The FCC’s Privacy Nudge

Privacy defaults determine choices. Advertisers should compete on a level playing field where outcomes aren’t pre-determined.

September 29, 2016 0