Cable monopolies hurt consumers and the nation

August 23 –  L.A. Times Michael Hiltzik references Susan in the ongoing battle between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. “Choice and competitiveness are the casualties when big firms such as Time Warner and Comcast have no motive to upgrade speed or capacity”. “Suppose, for the purpose of argument, that by the time you read this Time Warner Cable and CBS have settled their schoolyard dispute over transmission fees, and your CBS and Showtime shows are available again on your Time Warner cable box. Problem solved, right?”

LA Times Commentary: Michael K. Powell, Former Chairman of the FCC and Current CEO of National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.

August 25 – Michael K. Powell responds to LA Times’ Michael Hiltzik’s article,  “Why the U.S. has to settle for low-speed data” and mentions Susan Crawford. “Michael Hiltzik could have noted the fact that America is among the world’s leaders in broadband choice, availability and quality”.

OneCommunity Broadband Hero Awardee, Susan Crawford

August 22 – Campus Technology’s Mary Grush references the influence of visionary leaders, like our very own Susan Crawford, on the landscape of broadband’s future. “Susan Crawford is one such leader. Crawford, who is being recognized with the inaugural OneCommunity Broadband Hero Award on September 18, 2013, is an outspoken advocate for broadband equality and for the kind of leadership that promotes better use of broadband technology to achieve community goals. Crawford, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, is…

Telco Astroturfing Tries To Bring Down Reviews Of Susan Crawford’s Book

TechDirt‘s Mike Masnick informs about and strikes back at the use of “astroturfing” directed at Captive Audience. “Astroturfing — the process of a faux “grassroots” effort, often set up by cynical and soulless DC lobbyists pretending to create a “grassroots” campaign around some subject — is certainly nothing new. It’s been around for quite some time, and it’s rarely successful”. 

What Verizon’s Op-Eds Won’t Tell You About America’s Slow, Costly Internet Access

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford responds to two recent New York Times op-eds that claimed high-speed Internet access is in good shape in the U.S. Last month, two New York Times op-eds published during a single week, one written by the CEO of Verizon, claimed that the United States is doing well when it comes to high-speed Internet access. Both of these op-eds mentioned me and sharply criticized my calls for reform.

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 of wireless competition had been way overblown. We learned this summer that John Malone is re-entering the cable distribution marketplace in America. He’s bought a large stake in Charter, and Charter has tax losses that…

Book TV After Words: Susan Crawford, “Captive Audience”

“Ms. Crawford argues that the U.S. has lost its competitive advantage in the knowledge-based economy, because it is no longer at the forefront of the internet revolution. Other countries have internet capabilities that are significantly faster and less expensive to use than in the States. This puts U.S. consumers at a distinct disadvantage and, she argues, it also threatens America’s economic future. She discusses her findings with Andrew Blum, author of ‘Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet’”.

IMLS, USCIS to Make Announcement at ALA Conference

American Library Association’s Larra Clark, Director of OITP’s Program on Networks the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century (AL21C), announces the upcoming presenters  for the 2013 National Conference. “A frequent media commentator and Internet activist, Crawford will explore themes outlined in her new book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.” Of particular interest to librarians, Crawford examines how powerful telecommunications monopolies stymie policy efforts to improve Internet access at affordable rates”. 

CityAge: Need for Digital Infrastructure

View Susan’s presentation at The Global Metropolis at NYU’s Skirball Center for The Performing Arts while discussing the need for digital infrastructure. Cloud Cities: How to build urban digital infrastructure for the metropolis Digital infrastructure is as crucial to the economy’s future as roads and bridges, waterworks and hydro lines. Building these digital assets in time of fiscal restraint requires smart new partnerships between the public and private sectors. Such partnerships are essential for the metropolis to link into the global networks that will spark innovation, productivity and build a new…

Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker

June 3 – “Joining the show today is Susan Crawford, one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media policy and America’s technology infrastructure. In her book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age,” Susan Crawford makes the case that our lack of media regulation and public infrastructure pretty much guarantees that america will fall behind as the world moves into the future – where companies and consumers require affordable high speed connectivity”.

Digital Communications in the United States: Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?

The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will host a thought provoking presentation and dialogue with Susan Crawford, who will speak on the current status of broadbandcommunications in the United States including the state of competition, affordability, availability of high speed internet, and whether cities should be allowed to build their own municipal fiber broadband networks. Questions for the Forum may be posted on Twitter using #DRAForum