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

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

Helping the FCC Get Broadband Right

The FCC’s annual inquiry on the state of US broadband is underway and we’re here to help. This process, mandated by federal law, seeks to discover whether advanced networks are…

September 19, 2017 0

Internet Pioneers Discuss Network Architecture and Regulation

Internet regulation is like the Game of Thrones, a battle between parochial interests that ignores the threat of an innovation-less winter.

August 16, 2017 0