Universal Broadband: A 21st Century View

The way forward is to prioritize urgent needs over long term visions. In cases where a new wireline network is the only solution that will get a rural community online, of course that network needs to be all fiber and potentially symmetrical. But such cases are rare.

May 7, 2021 0

Rewiring America Smartly

The task of determining the eligibility of broadband networks for federal subsidies is best left to technical agencies, such as the FCC, capable of separating fact from fiction.

April 22, 2021 0

Biden’s Zombie Broadband Plan

While we have work to do in rural and poor America, we are not at a point where we can afford to turn our backs on emerging technologies in favor of a zombie broadband plan born in the last millennium.

April 1, 2021 0

Broadband After the Pandemic

As the pandemic starts to fade, we won’t return to the old normal but we’ll reach a new normal with more broadband of all kinds, especially mobile, with less TV watching.  Against that background, the efforts of Congress to shore up the old normal are going to fail.

March 16, 2021 0

No Repeal Without a Replacement

Let’s identify a pair of problems for Congress to address with specific guidelines and see where that takes us. I nominate arbitrary moderation and data privacy and security.

December 4, 2020 0

Preserving Internet Integrity

A discussion with Dominique Lazanski and Stacie Hoffman on China’s invasion of Internet standards organizations

August 5, 2020 0

Reply Comments on the FCC Remand

In this remand proceeding, critics of the RIF Order have failed to provide useful or informative insights on ensuring the needs of public safety are protected though regulation. Overall, the impression that light-touch regulation of the Internet provides the best blend of technical progress and protection of legacy Internet applications is reinforced even by critics of the current regime.

May 21, 2020 0

Broadband in the Lockdown Era

At least part of this problem will depend on making the necessary enhancements to the Internet architecture that will enable us to provide a kid-safe Internet experience. This may be the hardest part, actually, because it’s the only part that’s not simply a matter of money.

April 3, 2020 0

Working with COVID-19

Silicon Valley is full of firms that are tracking our movements and recording our contacts today. This is how Google and Facebook make a living, and they’re going to keep on doing it whether their datasets and computer power are used to sell ads or to protect public health.

March 23, 2020 0

Local Muni Broadband Measure Squeaking By

Contrary to popular myth, Colorado is not witnessing a taxpayer revolt against commercial broadband. A number of cities and counties has seized the authority from the state to build broadband networks through regular election ballot measures, but few have proceeded to build anything.

November 7, 2019 0