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…

The Diane Rehm Show (NPR): Discussing the Future of Television

August 13 – A fight over fees paid to transmit CBS content to Time Warner Cable customers has left millions of viewers without access to the channel. It has also drawn attention to long-standing tensions over how television is produced, packaged and priced. A small but growing number of Americans have cut their cable cords and cancelled satellite transmissions. Instead, they are taking advantage of new technology to customize their viewing experience at a lower cost. Non-traditional companies are entering the TV production business and competing with traditional broadcasters. For…

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 with the residents of Dudley (a neighborhood in Boston) designing applications and systems that could be useful in solving particular problems on which the neighborhood wanted to focus – like “How do we involve residents…

Big Telco uses shills to smear book about Net Neutrality and telcoms corruption

July 30 – BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow discusses his take on Susan’s detractors. “Susan Crawford is an eminent telcoms scholar, former government official (who resigned because of corruption in telcoms policy) and the author, recently, of an important book on telcoms corruption and net neutrality called Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. This book has scared the pants off of big telcos”.

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”. 

The Monopoly Telecom Industry

Check out Susan’s dialogue with Holistic Survival’s Jason Hartman about the Federal Communications Commission’s responsibility to the American people with respect to free Wifi. “Crawford believes the telecom industry now has a monopoly. American are paying much more for Internet access yet getting much less. Other countries are beating America in this space”.

Bloomberg TV: ‘Duopoly With a Fringe’ for AT&T, Verizon: Crawford

July 23 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg View columnist Susan Crawford discusses the battle for spectrum in the wireless industry as AT&T and Verizon outpace all competitors. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Bloomberg TV: ‘Duopoly With a Fringe’ for AT&T, Verizon: Crawford

Bloomberg TV: Profusek Says Dell Breakup – Fee Discord a ‘Sideshow’

July 23 (Bloomberg) — Robert Profusek, head of the mergers and acquisition practice at Jones Day, talks about the outlook for the sale of Dell Inc. to founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management LLC. He speaks with Tom Keene, Sara Eisen and Susan Crawford on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance.” (Crawford is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. Source: Bloomberg) Watch Susan express her views with Tom Keene, Sara Eisen and Robert Profusek on Bloomberg TV  

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…

Remarks at US-Ignite’s Next Generation Application Summit, Chicago Cultural Center, June 24, 2013

Thanks for having me; thanks particularly to Daniel X. O’Neil for the kind introduction. This is a milestone event, revealing some deep paradoxes – at a time when having ubiquitous high-speed Internet access is just like breathing for younger generations, we’re mostly older people. If a reporter landed here, he or she would find that most of us are speaking in jargon. We’re talking a lot about dedicated services and sandboxes for development that will work around the uneven quality of physical networks we now have in America. There’s a…