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Paid Peering and the Internet of Video Things

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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 Delivery Network special access to the Comcast network, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he was happy with the deal, but now that he sees Netflix has indeed secured more reliable delivery of its TV programming from the deal, he’s unhappy. This is a curious situation. Happy Netflix issued an upbeat joint statement with Comcast upon the consummation of the deal in late February: Comcast and Netflix today announced a mutually beneficial interconnection agreement that will provide Comcast’s U.S. broadband customers […]

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

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 explained the reasons for leadership of the global economy from the 16th Century to the present, for example – its […]

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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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What the Heck is “Net Neutrality” Anyhow?

January 21st, 2014 by | 4 Comments »
What the Heck is “Net Neutrality” Anyhow?

You may have noticed there’s been some talk on the Internet lately about something called “net neutrality”. It’s connected to a court decision on the FCC, in which the court (the DC Circuit) determined that the FCC has once again […]

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Big Win for FCC in Net Neutrality Case

January 15th, 2014 by | 3 Comments »
Big Win for FCC in Net Neutrality Case

The DC Circuit Court threw us a curveball (or maybe a Mo Rivera cutter) in upholding the FCC’s argument that Section 706 of the Communications Act provides it with jurisdiction over high-speed broadband networks (“advanced communications” in the language of […]

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What’s in Store for Tech in 2014

January 8th, 2014 by | 1 Comment »

We’re just a week into 2014 and already CES is in full swing with a new range of gadget swag, Florida State has won the BCS Championship, and the year’s first tech policy controversy has broken out over AT&T’s plan […]

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