Marketplace Tech: Cable Giants Call Off Merger

April 24, 2015–Listen to the news segment here.  “All that scale would give Comcast enormous discretion over what reaches Americans, what Americans pay, information flows, customer service—really unlimited power,” says Susan Crawford is co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

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”. 

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”.

Amateur radio

I’m slowly but steadily making progress on my amateur radio license project. From the ARRL FCC Rule Book: Q. Can we sing “Happy Birthday” to our friend on the local 2-meter repeater? A. No. Singing is music, and is prohibited, no matter how badly you sing. The reason for this rule (and lots of others) is that the content of the amateur’s communication “must be such that no party would be compelled to use the public telecommunications system to communicate the same information” — in order to protect various revenue…

Transformative technology

Another technology was said to overcome key barriers between the voter and the candidate: the barriers of distance, of time, of inertia, and of crowd psychology. It brought to the physically remote voter a type of first-hand information he had never had before. There was great excitement. Would this new technology prick into quicker, more coherent action our unwieldy democratic giant? Or with its shining novelty would its seeming power too be gone? What were the inherent political potentialities of this new technology? Aside from the immense publicity value which…

The ham band

When I was in high school I remember going with a group to play a concert in an Elks lodge. The room was dusky and the building was a little broken down. There was a giant sign in the room where we played that read, “Keep America Strong. Ask A Young Man To Become An Elk.” The people there were boisterous and kindly. Well, I think I’ve found the home of the telecommunications-Elks. It’s amateur radio. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is full of folksy, boisterous, exclamation-point-studded advice. You…