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”.

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”. 

Whose Future?

Electric Politics’ George Kenney  and Susan discuss the parallels of the importance of fiber to that of electricity in a succinct 33 minute interview. “If Susan Crawford is right about the introduction of fast fiber internet being analogous to the introduction of electricity then America is in big trouble — because a lot of other countries are getting fiber before we do. And, I suppose, possibly getting smarter faster, too… Unquestionably, the rich torment the rest of us when they can but in this case an important part of the solution…

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…

Book TV After Words: Susan Crawford, “Captive Audience”

“Ms. Crawford argues that the U.S. has lost its competitive advantage in the knowledge-based economy, because it is no longer at the forefront of the internet revolution. Other countries have internet capabilities that are significantly faster and less expensive to use than in the States. This puts U.S. consumers at a distinct disadvantage and, she argues, it also threatens America’s economic future. She discusses her findings with Andrew Blum, author of ‘Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet’”.

IMLS, USCIS to Make Announcement at ALA Conference

American Library Association’s Larra Clark, Director of OITP’s Program on Networks the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century (AL21C), announces the upcoming presenters  for the 2013 National Conference. “A frequent media commentator and Internet activist, Crawford will explore themes outlined in her new book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.” Of particular interest to librarians, Crawford examines how powerful telecommunications monopolies stymie policy efforts to improve Internet access at affordable rates”. 

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”.

First Steps to Open Gov – getting your ducts in a row

(Feb. 13, 2013) As city leaders focus on making their administrations more innovative, efficient, transparent, open to outside expertise, and better at service delivery, they’re going to need cheaper and continually-higher-capacity, high-speed Internet access. And their communities are going to need the same thing.