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?”

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…

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…

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”.