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  Who Will Be President Obama’s Next FCC Chairperson? April 9, 2013 | Author Trish Nelson Julius Genachowski is resigning as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  He probably did the best he could during his tenure, considering the shark  environment in Washington, but he just wasn’t up to resisting corporate pressure as much as media [...]

Goodreads Giveaway: Captive Audience

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Goodreads Giveaway: Captive Audience It seems that Americans are constantly lamenting the power of the Internet, worrying that it has completely taken over the United States’ economy, markets, and psyche. They embrace the idea of disconnecting and getting outdoors, away from the screens and keyboards. This mentality stems from the luxury of access: Americans take for granted [...]

Susan Speaks about Hurricane Sandy on WNYCNews

3/12/13- After Sandy, A Bumpy Transition from Copper to Fiber Phone Lines- WNYC News   Shortly after the storm, Verizon announced it would replace copper with fiber-optic cable. But months later, fiber hasn’t reached everyone, and many businesses and residents are still without basic communications services.    

First Steps to Open Gov – getting your ducts in a row

(Feb. 13, 2013) As city leaders focus on making their administrations more innovative, efficient, transparent, open to outside expertise, and better at service delivery, they’re going to need cheaper and continually-higher-capacity, high-speed Internet access. And their communities are going to need the same thing.  

Killing Program Access and Broadband Competition

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Another Friday filing by the FCC: 146 pages on program access.It’s a classic on-the-one-hand-on-the-other item. This time around it’s even worse for the public, because the underlying competitive reality of the wires that run to American homes is being hidden, in two ways: First, the entire discussion is focused on the market for pay-TV, because [...]

Killing the copper and income inequality

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A hundred years ago, America decided that everyone was entitled to an affordable telephone line. Now some Americans (thanks to muni bright spots and other efforts) are making the upgrade to a fiber-to-the-home connection – the new global standard, the replacement for a standard general-purpose telephone line. But the policies that supported “universal” (all Americans) [...]

A User’s Guide to the Video Wars

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Over the next year or so, there will be skirmishes in Congress about video regulations.  On the surface, they may sound technical – men wearing ties will bandy about terms like “compulsory license” and “local-into-local” – and it will be very easy to ignore the whole thing. But there are giants moving on the face [...]

Google fiber – “experiencing awesome things together”

The advent of the commercial Internet in 1995 was a big deal, a major transformative shift. Now we’re going through another, quite different, but equally enormous shift: Fiber. Asian and Northern European countries are upgrading to fiber connectivity. One strand of fiber has thousands of times more bandwidth capacity than any of the last generation [...]

The Cable Monopoly: Very Short Summary of 185 Pages

Imagine you’re a consumer sitting in your living room. You like sports. You like high-speed Internet access; in fact, you’ve gotten completely fed up with your DSL connection because it’s so awful and you’ve seen how much better a truly high-speed wire would be. So you’re interested in some kind of bundle that includes TV [...]

AT&T plan: Bigger and Better (for AT&T)

AT&T has now joined Verizon in announcing a shared data plan for wireless users. This is the moment that the two companies solidify their already crushing set of advantages over T-Mobile and Sprint. Result: AT&T and Verizon can continue to reap the rewards of their existing market power, without needing to expand their services. That’s [...]