The National Broadband Plan

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 [...]

Reclaiming the Narrative

President Obama is about to speak to the largest audience he will have for a while. He’s a communicator at heart, a gifted, graceful writer and a powerful speaker. He wants to control his narrative legacy, and Tuesday night is one of the last opportunities he will have to shape his story in public before [...]

Fiber by cities: Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle

Although everyone thinks of high-speed, high-capacity Internet access as a “must have” — a utility — the entire highly-concentrated information-transport industry in the US can set prices and determine the quality of their services at will. With the exception of the 16M households that will have access to (expensive) Verizon FiOS services — and can [...]

Stockholm and Leverett: Case Studies in Fiber Deployment

Tomorrow morning I’ll end a two-week research trip to Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Stockholm, and fly home. It’s been quite a journey, and I’ll be thinking about it for years to come. I was on several quests, focusing on government innovation, fiber policy, and the effect of high-capacity communications on peoples’ lives. Later posts and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Facts

This past week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (“The Voice of America’s Mayors in Washington, DC”) gathered in Philadelphia for a summit on innovation. Philadelphia is Comcast Country; as the late Senator Arlen Specter said at a hearing in 2010 about the Comcast-NBCU merger, the tower of Comcast’s headquarters “distinguishes the Philadelphia skyline.” (Sen. Specter [...]

Killing Program Access and Broadband Competition

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Another Friday filing by the FCC: 146 pages on program access.It’s a classic on-the-one-hand-on-the-other item. This time around it’s even worse for the public, because the underlying competitive reality of the wires that run to American homes is being hidden, in two ways: First, the entire discussion is focused on the market for pay-TV, because [...]

Killing the copper and income inequality

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A hundred years ago, America decided that everyone was entitled to an affordable telephone line. Now some Americans (thanks to muni bright spots and other efforts) are making the upgrade to a fiber-to-the-home connection – the new global standard, the replacement for a standard general-purpose telephone line. But the policies that supported “universal” (all Americans) [...]