Senate Internet Hearings

As a technical matter, it is the case that the Internet is more like cable TV than the telephone network. While the Internet does support interpersonal communication, its primary role is publishing audio, video, pictures, and text. And like cable TV, it’s a platform in which advertising is a very important source of revenue.

March 9, 2017 0

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

Taking Wi-Fi to the Next Level

Once again, the Consumer Electronics Show highlighted augmented reality and Internet of Things devices and applications. Amazon Echo support was a common theme in IoT devices, and the headsets and…

January 12, 2017 0

DirecTV Now Too Good to be Legal

AT&T’s Monday announcement of the DirecTV Now streaming service drew nearly unanimous applause from tech pundits. This is a new business model for cable TV that harnesses some of the power of the broadband networks to provide personalized sports, entertainment, and news packages to TV viewers. But some are critical, albeit for strange reasons.

December 1, 2016 0

Happy Birthday, Internet: Richard Bennett talks with Don Nielson

The Internet was born 40 years ago in a demonstration connecting a wireless node in California with all the computers on ARPANET. Listen to the godfather.

August 26, 2016 0

Srinivasan’s Curious Question

One the more puzzling parts of the oral arguments in the challenge to the FCC’s most recent Internet Service Provider regulations was Judge Srinivasan’s iPad question. It was a singular…

December 10, 2015 0

FCC Clarifies the Ask for Wi-Fi Routers

As we explained recently, the FCC is asking for input on regulations for home routers with built-in Wi-Fi. Chief Engineer Julie Knapp has written a blog post clarifying his concerns…

November 13, 2015 5

A Snake in the Briar Patch: Radio Interference

One of the ongoing issues in spectrum policy is the question of “causing interference to others”. It was at the heart of the LightSquared controversy; it’s central to the spectrum…

October 22, 2015 0

Why Spectrum Swaps Serve the Public Interest

A reporter asked me to explain what’s up with the spectrum swap that AT&T and T-Mobile have asked the FCC to let them do. The benefits are pretty simple and…

October 15, 2015 0