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.”

TechFreedom Hits the Airwaves

Sept 18 – The Sound of Ideas presents “Stuck in Low Gear?” featuring Susan Crawford as a guest. “The United States is falling behind the rest of the world in the choice, availability and cost of high speed Internet access, says law professor and author Susan Crawford. She’s pushing a government-led build-out of broadband infrastructure, akin to FDR’s push for rural electrification, and says monopolistic cable and phone companies worsen the digital divide. Critics disagree”. 

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 CSPAN has video here.] There’s a spray of issues in telecommunications policy and law, and lots of acronyms and shiny objects. So it should be a relief to people here that the case being considered by…

FCC’s program-carriage rules mainly upheld by U.S. appeals court

September 4 – LA Times’ Joe Flint references Susan in the ongoing forum about the Time Warner Cable vs. CBS dispute. “This opinion is significant because it shows that we can be reasonable about the 1st Amendment,” said Susan Crawford, a communications professor at Cardozo Law School. “Not all economic decisions about the transport of bits are the same as messages that should be protected by the 1st Amendment.”

Big surprise: Ex-FCC chief defends the cable industry

August 30 – LA Times’ Michael Hiltzik responds to commentary from former FCC chairman, Michael K. Powell while referencing the “digital divide”. “Former FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell, who is now the chief lobbyist for the cable industry, takes issue with my Aug. 25 column about how cable monopolies such as Time Warner and Comcast have made Internet access slower and more expensive than in many countries around the world”.

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 of dollars flowing across America. It’s great when The Times gets it so right. A recent piece by Edward Wyatt (“Most of U.S. is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In,” Aug. 18) got it mostly…

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?”