August 7, 2017 – The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar explores how consolidation has landed Internet access providers among the ranks of the most hated businesses in the country. Susan Crawford explains that when it comes to Internet access, “we’re privileging the interests of a couple of companies over three hundred million Americans.”
May 1, 2017 – Many municipalities are forming public-private partnerships to bring high-speed Internet to long-neglected places. Their approaches, however, vary widely. Susan Crawford weighs in on Google Fiber: “People got all excited about Google Fiber, which was very useful, because it opened people’s eyes to the country’s need for world-class, cheap data. But Google Fiber was never going to reach every city in America, because it’s not in their company’s interest to build basic infrastructure.”
March 14, 2017 – “Without local government involvement, no private company is going to find it in its interest to provide, to sell internet access in a way that promotes economic development and social justice for any city,” Crawford told StateScoop. The city has been too “politically hamstrung” during past efforts to launch this infrastructure, she said, but the national attitude toward fiber has matured.
January 23, 2017-During his time as head of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler pushed for internet providers to deliver information at equal speeds. But companies have pushed back against this idea of net neutrality. Wheeler joined us to talk about the telecom industry, his successor, and his plans for the future. Afterwards, we’ll hear from Harvard professor Susan Crawford about what telecom policy might look like under President Trump.
If you’re not paying, you’re not the customer–you’re the product.
Oct. 30, 2015–Susan joins NPR’s John Hockenberry on The Takeaway to discuss the release of Freedom House’s annual Internet Freedom Report. “The future contours of the internet are definitely up for grabs,” says Crawford. “There’s this choice we’re facing—whether we’re going to have this network that provides humans with choices, opportunities, and self determination, or whether China and Russia’s vision will be the prevailing one.”
August 18, 2015–AT&T is helping the NSA spy on Internet traffic.
May 5, 2015–Susan responds to the most recent Room for Debate question about the federal plan to buy local airwaves and sell them to telecom companies. “You can’t have a wireless connection without a wire somewhere nearby, and only fiber can handle the tsunami of data we use.”
April 23, 2015–The New York Times describes the downfall of Comcast’s bid to acquire Time Warner, and Susan explains President Obama’s role in stopping the cable giant’s bid for its rival.
April 24, 2015–Susan weighs in on the end of the Comcast-TWC merger and the future of the cable industry.
April 25, 2015–Susan joins guests to discuss how to connect the 730,000 homes in NYC without broadband access.
In “Why Obama is In the Lead on High-Speed Internet Access Policy,” I implied that things had dramatically changed in national telecommunications policy since the release of the National Broadband Plan in March 2010. I don’t want to leave the impression that the National Broadband Plan was anything other than extraordinary. It represented the culmination of an extraordinary effort in an extraordinarily compressed period of time carried out by an extraordinary team that was ably led by Blair Levin, the well-known telecommunications expert who is now spearheading the important Gig.U initiative…