Governing Magazine Examines P3s to Bridge Digital Divides

May 1, 2017 – Many municipalities are forming public-private partnerships to bring high-speed Internet to long-neglected places. Their approaches, however, vary widely. Susan Crawford weighs in on Google Fiber: “People got all excited about Google Fiber, which was very useful, because it opened people’s eyes to the country’s need for world-class, cheap data. But Google Fiber was never going to reach every city in America, because it’s not in their company’s interest to build basic infrastructure.”

Concrete Steps towards an Urban Internet of Things

April 12, 2017 – In November 2016, the Knight Foundation and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s Responsive Communities initiative, under the auspices of the NetGain Partnership, brought together city officials from around the world who are working on the frontlines of urban IoT. Together with representatives of nonprofit, philanthropic, and research institutions, these officials offered candid assessments of their accomplishments and the challenges that still lie ahead. Today, we are releasing the report of this discussion, available here.

Adam Ruins Everything – Susan Crawford On Investing in Internet Infrastructure

March 29, 2017 – On the podcast Susan tells us why the internet in the U.S. isn’t as good as it should be; it’s much slower than many other countries around the world because our cable conglomerates can control markets around the country. And unfortunately, these are leaving many of our communities in the technology dark ages. Susan tells Adam what we can do to promote internet infrastructure and how she’s already seen that activism first-hand around the country.

San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access

March 15, 2017 – This Tuesday, almost a year to the day later, Crawford attempted a little bit of history rewriting when she wrote that “Google Fiber was doomed from the start.” She outlined her view that the answer was never going to be a for-profit company but will require local, state and eventually federal policies and massive investment to install a whole new infrastructure akin to subway systems, railways, and telephone networks.

Advisory panel revives San Francisco’s citywide gigabit fiber plans

March 14, 2017 – “Without local government involvement, no private company is going to find it in its interest to provide, to sell internet access in a way that promotes economic development and social justice for any city,” Crawford told StateScoop. The city has been too “politically hamstrung” during past efforts to launch this infrastructure, she said, but the national attitude toward fiber has matured.

Panel to study wiring San Francisco with high-speed Internet

March 14, 2017 – Crawford called Internet access the “the key economic and social justice issue of the 21st century. Whether it’s educating kids, providing advanced health care, moderating our use of energy and making it possible for people to work where they live — all of that is going to be helped by a better, faster and far cheaper data network,” she said.

What could happen to net neutrality under the new FCC?

March 9, 2017 – Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, says it’s “extremely unlikely” that freeing internet providers from Title II regulation will spur more competition. “We have a very broken marketplace in the United States, and absent government intervention, there’s no reason that would change,” she explains. “There’s no real competition to the local cable actor in most American places.”

Former FCC Chair Warns of Trump Team Plan to ‘Modernize’ FCC

January 24, 2017-Tom Wheeler, the recently departed chairman of the FCC, took aim at an idea to streamline the agency, saying that it was a “fraud” to say that it was “modernizing” the agency and suggested that it is really a way for major internet service providers to escape substantive oversight. “It makes no sense,” Wheeler said at the event, moderated by Susan Crawford. “We are talking about 1/6 of the economy, but more importantly, we are talking about the networks that connect 6/6 of the economy.”