Fiber by cities: Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle

Although everyone thinks of high-speed, high-capacity Internet access as a “must have” — a utility — the entire highly-concentrated information-transport industry in the US can set prices and determine the quality of their services at will. With the exception of the 16M households that will have access to (expensive) Verizon FiOS services — and can [...]

Stockholm and Leverett: Case Studies in Fiber Deployment

Tomorrow morning I’ll end a two-week research trip to Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Stockholm, and fly home. It’s been quite a journey, and I’ll be thinking about it for years to come. I was on several quests, focusing on government innovation, fiber policy, and the effect of high-capacity communications on peoples’ lives. Later posts and [...]

Verizon v. FCC: Why It Matters

Tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 9, the D.C. Circuit will hear argument in Verizon v. FCC. [FCC links here to filings in the case - scroll down. I was involved in the 'Natl Assn of Telecomms Officers Assn' amicus brief. The remarks below were prepared for a public session in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 5, for which [...]

NYT

It’s the first day of school for me here in NYC, and I enjoyed talking to students about the truly excellent three-part NYT series on ESPN that ran this week. The articles were full of useful detail - ESPN as puppeteer, setting times and creating contests - and should raise student heartbeats by invoking billions and billions [...]

New Case Study: The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Evolution of CRM in Boston

In 2012, when I was a visiting professor at HKS and HLS, I taught a course called Solving Problems Using Technology. (For the second term, my co-teacher was the wonderful Mike Hooper of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.) The class provided an overview of the use of technology in governance and put students to work [...]

Facts about US Internet access

If you ever want to understand just how powerful the cable distribution giants in America are, just listen to former TCI CEO John Malone. In 2011, he said “cable is basically a monopoly now.”  He said he was sorry that he had sold his TCI systems to AT&T. And he also said that the threat [...]