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Like Sisyphus the FCC Pushes On

Like Sisyphus the FCC Pushes On

[I filed some comments with the FCC today in the Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It's hard to believe, but the FCC has been at this for ten years now. The summary follows, and afterwards there's a link to the entire 17 pages of text.] Ten years after Chairman Powell spoke about Internet Freedom at the Silicon Flatirons Center in Colorado, the FCC continues to struggle with casting his aspirations into legally binding regulations. The agency offers a simple set of proposed rules expanding the transparency principle, recasting the no-blocking rule on firmer legal ground, and similarly recasting the anti-discrimination rule within the limits of the commercial reasonableness standard affirmed by the courts in the Commission’s Data Roaming Order. […]

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What the FCC’s Broadband Tests Really Measure

What the FCC’s Broadband Tests Really Measure

The data in the “Measuring Broadband America” report released by the FCC on June 18th shows that Americans get the broadband speeds they pay for. The report plainly says (page 14): This Report finds that ISPs now provide 101 percent of advertised speeds. This couldn’t be any clearer. The FCC even places this finding in context by contrasting with the […]

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Net Neutrality Advocates Score an Own Goal

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Net Neutrality Advocates Score an Own Goal

In soccer, an “own goal” is scoring a goal for the other team. In this connection, I recommend Jon Healey’s column in the LA Times on net neutrality objections to T-Mobile’s music streaming plan, Should net neutrality rules stop T-Mobile’s music streaming offer? Healey describes what appears to be a perfectly sensible plan to attract new customers: The music streaming […]

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Improving Federal Spectrum Systems

April 30th, 2014 by | Comments Off
Improving Federal Spectrum Systems

Last Friday, the Information Economy Project (a project of the George Mason University School of Law and Clemson University) held the best little spectrum conference Washington has seen this year. The discussion, Spectrum Beyond Incentive Auctions, featured a keynote by […]

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Paid Peering and the Internet of Video Things

March 28th, 2014 by | Comments Off
Paid Peering and the Internet of Video Things

The controversy over the deal between Comcast and Netflix for paid access to the Comcast residential network is heating up, and that’s just inside Netflix. Immediately after the two firms agreed on a business relationship that gave the Netflix Content […]

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What is Masa Son talking about? (Part 1: Device-Limited LTE speed)

March 12th, 2014 by | 4 Comments »
What is Masa Son talking about? (Part 1: Device-Limited LTE speed)

On Tuesday, March 11th, Sprint Chairman Masa Son gave an interesting and exciting speech on the benefits of merging Sprint with T-Mobile that relied on some rather dramatic empirical claims. While the speech covered a lot of ground – it […]

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The New Spectrum Caucus (and a new High Tech Forum project)

February 27th, 2014 by | Comments Off

The new Congressional Spectrum Caucus announced today by U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D- CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) is a most welcome development.  In his statement, Representative Guthrie said,”The caucus will attempt to educate our colleagues on the importance of […]

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Netflix and Comcast Declare Peace

February 23rd, 2014 by | 2 Comments »
Netflix and Comcast Declare Peace

Netflix and Comcast announced today that they’ve come to terms on an interconnection agreement that they’ve been working out since their CEOs and technical teams met in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show. The details of the deal aren’t […]

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Europeans Envy U.S. Broadband

February 19th, 2014 by | 1 Comment »

Why do some persist in negatively comparing U.S. broadband to Europe’s?   Roslyn Layton, a visiting fellow at AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy (where our fair editor is also a visiting fellow) penned a good piece on the […]

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A Broader Vision for Wireless 9-1-1

February 12th, 2014 by | Comments Off

Before working in public policy, I was a Silicon Valley technology developer. When they learn this, people often ask me if I’m frustrated by the slow pace of policy. I usually say speed is only desirable when you’re moving in […]

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Presenting the Technical Facts – High-Band vs. Low-Band Spectrum Deployment in Today’s Spectrum-Constrained Environment

February 5th, 2014 by | 5 Comments »

It’s said so often that many have accepted it as a truism: “Low-band spectrum is inherently superior.  High-band is inferior, undesirable and expensive.” This is one of things that everybody just knows, right?  Not so fast. This claim fails to […]

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Wall St. Journal: Time to Give Up the Net Neutrality Quest

February 4th, 2014 by | Comments Off

My op-ed in Wednesday’s Wall St. Journal brims with advice (put the title “Time to Give Up the Net-Neutrality Quest” into Google if you’re not a subscriber) for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on net neutrality. Here’s the nut: Even with […]

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Akamai’s Latest Report Shows United States Progress

February 4th, 2014 by | 1 Comment »
Akamai’s Latest Report Shows United States Progress

The latest edition of Akamai’s State of the Internet report has just been released, covering the 3rd Quarter of 2013. The previous quarter had shown a slight dip in the speed rankings for the US relative to the rest of […]

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