Columns and Op-eds


The Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Will Test the Department of Justice’s Mettle (May 8, 2018)

Calling Facebook a Utility Would Only Make Things Worse (Apr. 20, 2018)

When You Merge the Message with the Medium, You Make a Messium (Apr. 5, 2018)

Cities Need To Take the Wheel in Our Driverless Future (Mar. 22, 2018)

The Dangers of Big City Subsidies (Mar. 16, 2018)

Bad Internet in the Big City (Feb. 28, 2018)

America Needs More Fiber (Feb. 8, 2018)

Beware of Google’s Intentions (Feb. 1, 2018)

Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband (Dec. 16, 2017)

Net Neutrality Is Not the Problem (Nov. 29, 2017)

Why the Government is Right to Block the AT&T-Time Warner Merger (Nov. 22, 2017)

San Francisco Just Took a Huge Step Toward Internet Utopia (Oct. 25, 2017)

Comcast is Abandoning Customers in the Name of Free Speech (Oct. 4, 2017)

Boston’s High-Tech Plan to Tackle Income Inequality (Sept. 27, 2017)

How Seoul is Reinventing Itself as a Techno-Utopia (Sept. 6, 2017)

Jeff Bezos Should Put His Billions Into Libraries (Aug. 9, 2017)

Microsoft is Hustling Us With “White Spaces” (Jul. 26, 2017)

The Internet Ripoff You’re Not Protesting (Jul. 12, 2017)

The New Payola: Deals Landlords Cut with Internet Providers (Jun. 27, 2017)

I’m Suing New York City to Loosen Verizon’s Iron Grip (Jun. 21, 2017)

How One Little Cable Company Exposed Telecom’s Achilles’ Heel (May 10, 2017)

Ajit Pai is Siding with the Oligarchy–and Misleading Trump’s Base (Apr. 28, 2017)

The FCC is Leading Us Toward Catastrophe (Apr. 17, 2017)

Handcuffing Cities to Help Telecom Giants (Mar. 29, 2017)

Google Fiber Was Doomed from the Start (Mar. 14, 2017)

The Alternative Facts of Cable Companies (Feb. 22, 2017)

Who is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts? (Jan. 17, 2017)

Police Reform Can Start on Twitter (Dec. 8, 2016)

Jared Kushner Might Now Be Our Best Hope for World-Class Internet (Nov. 24, 2016)

The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Must Be Stopped (Nov. 1, 2016)

What Last Week’s Internet Shut Down Really Means (Oct. 26, 2016)

The Surprising Backbone of the Internet of Things (Oct. 12, 2016)

When Judges Pull the Plug on Rural America (Sep. 20, 2016)

Blame Your Lousy Internet on Poles (Aug. 31, 2016)

The Next Generation of Wireless–“5G”–Is All Hype (Aug. 11, 2016)

Net Neutrality is Only a Start (Aug. 1, 2016)

There’s an Obvious Way to Create More Jobs (Jul. 14, 2016)

Dear Landlord: Don’t Rip Me Off When it Comes to Internet Access (Jun. 27, 2016)

The Bright Future of Dark Fiber (May 27, 2016)

I Have Seen the Future — And It Has a Swedish Accent (May 2, 2016)

The Hills Are Dead — Without the Sound of Internet Access (Apr. 20, 2016)

The Tesla Dividend: Better Internet Access (Mar. 25, 2016)

The Law is Clear: The FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite its OS (Mar. 16, 2016)

You Didn’t Notice It, But Google Fiber Just Began the Golden Age of High Speed Internet Access (Mar. 3, 2016)

When Comcast’s Business As Usual Turns Out to Limit Minority Access (Feb. 22, 2016)

What If We Built a C-SPAN on Steroids? (Feb. 4, 2016)

Big Cable Owns Internet Access. Here’s How to Change That. (Jan. 8, 2016)

Putting the IT in City: How Boston’s Tech Squad Saved the City from “Moving Day” (Dec. 18, 2015)

Big Cable’s Sledgehammer is Coming Down (Dec. 4, 2015)

Arresting Crime Before It Happens (Nov. 25, 2015)

Crossing the Digital Divide on Chicago’s Toughest Streets (Nov. 12, 2015)

Open Data with a Purpose (Nov. 2, 2015)

Getting Over Uber (Oct. 16, 2015)

Bluegrass, Blight and the Future of Cities (Sept. 30, 2015)

How Chicago Got Smart About Sensors (Sept. 22, 2015)

These Two LA Bus Stops Might Change the Future of Cities (Sept. 8, 2015)

The Phone Company and the Feds–A Buddy Movie from Hell (Aug. 28, 2015)

Cable-Only Presidential Debates are the New Poll Tax (Aug. 21, 2015)

How South Korea Squanders Its Fiber Advantage By Run-Amok Rote Learning (Aug. 14, 2015)

Why Can’t Our Cities Be More Like Video Games? (Aug. 6, 2015)

Why Can’t We Be Like South Korea? (Jul. 23, 2015)

Continental Grift–Why a European Version of Comcast is Bad News for Europeans (Jul. 9, 2015)

How to Stop Verizon from Screwing New York City (Jun. 30, 2015)

Battle Cry of New Hampshire: No Fiber, No Votes (Jun. 23, 2015)

The Only Internet Most Cubans Know Fits in a Pocket and Moves by Bus (Jun. 15, 2015)

The Cuban Internet Crisis (Jun. 9, 2015)

A New York State of Megabits (Jun. 4, 2015)

A Tale of Two Commissioners: How the FCC Found Its Backbone (May 26, 2015)

The City of the Future is in Ohio (Apr. 27, 2015)

Comcast’s Plan to Ram Through the Time-Warner Merger (Apr. 20, 2015)

At Least One State has a (Fiber) Backbone (Apr. 6, 2015)

San Francisco Needs Connectivity. Can This Man Man Deliver It? (Apr. 1, 2015)

An Alternative Explanation for Hillary’s Private Email Server (Mar. 24, 2015)

Whether You’re Red or Blue, You Should Love the FCC’s Internet Plan (Mar. 10, 2015)

The Big Lock-In (Feb. 16, 2015)

The Future of the Internet Might Hinge on This Bet (Feb. 12, 2015)

The Net Neutrality Bait and Switch (Jan. 28, 2015)

Why Obama Took the Lead on High-Speed Internet Access Policy (Jan. 22, 2015)

Why You Should Live in Ammon, Idaho (Jan. 14, 2015)

Zero for Conduct (Jan. 7, 2015)

The 3 Big Myths That are Holding Back America’s Internet (Dec. 16, 2014)

Blows Against the Empire (Dec. 8, 2014)

From Phone Booths to Hot Spots (Nov. 19, 2014)

Obama’s Presidential Moment (Nov. 12, 2014)

The Cliff and the Slope (Oct. 30, 2014)

How to Fight Telecom Gameplaying (Oct. 30, 2014)


Bloomberg View

Chicago is Your Big (Friendly) Brother (Jun. 19, 2014)

Don’t Let Sprint Buy T-Mobile (Jun. 10, 2014)

AT&T and DirecTV Team Up Against Customers (May 20, 2014)

Don’t Let the Feds Rummage Through Cell Phones (May 2, 2014)

AT&T Tries to Bully the Government (Apr. 22, 2014)

Comcast Pretends to be on Your Side (Apr. 9, 2014)

Comcast’s Power Unveiled, Courtesy of Apple (Mar. 26, 2014)

Release the Drones (Mar. 11, 2014)

Introducing the Comcast Tax (Feb. 24, 2014)

Comcast’s Time Warner Deal is Bad for America (Feb. 13, 2014)

Cable Cabal Tries to Block Future in Kansas (Feb. 5, 2014)

Time Warner Cable Sale Will Cost Us All (Jan. 27, 2014)

Did the Government Just Break the Internet? (Jan. 15, 2014)

NSA Scandal May Help Build Cyber-Barriers (Dec. 27, 2013)

The Spyware that Enables Mobile-Phone Snooping (Nov. 27, 2013)

One Federal Website That Works (Oct. 29, 2013)

The U.S. Needs a Tech-Smart Government (Oct. 24, 2013)

New FCC Head Must Reclaim Authority Over Telecom (Sept. 17, 2013)

Jeff Bezos Can Make Newspapers Profitable (Aug. 6, 2013)

Cable Companies Try to Take Over Europe, Too (Jul. 22, 2013)

Put the Spies Back Into Spying (Jun. 7, 2013)

Comcast and Verizon’s Phony Free-Speech Claim (May 29, 2013)

Let Cities Build Better Internet-Access Networks (Apr. 18, 2013)

Wireless Competition That AT&T and Verizon Need (Mar. 7, 2013)

How to Give the U.S. Ultrafast Internet ( Jan. 23, 2013)

U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service (Dec. 27, 2012)

How AT&T and Verizon Manipulate Your Smartphone (Dec. 26, 2012)

Merger Made Comcast Strong, U.S. Web Users Weak (Dec. 25, 2012)

Keep Internet Free Public and Private Meddling (Dec. 7, 2012)

Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy  (Nov. 15, 2012)

Apple’s Scorched-Earth IPhone (Sept. 24, 2012)

In Apple v. Samsung Patent Case, Expect Nobody to Win (Aug. 22, 2012)

Team USA Deserves No Gold Medals for Internet Access (Aug. 5, 2012)

Is Google a Monopoly? Wrong Question (Jul. 8, 2012)

Can Barry Diller Upend the TV Industry Again? (Jun. 5, 2012)

When We Wage Cyberwar, the Whole Web Suffers (Apr. 26, 2012)

Verizon to the Cable Industry: Let’s Be Friends (Mar. 20, 2012)

The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service (Feb. 14, 2012)

Google Plays Both Sides in the Web Piracy Fight (Jan. 20, 2012)

Name-Calling on the Internet is Serious Business (Jan. 5, 2012)

Cybersecurity Requires Patches, Not a Vast Bill (Nov. 28, 2011)

Political Ad Funders Must Not Dodge Scrutiny (Oct. 27, 2011)

Phone, Web Clampdowns in Crises Are Intolerable (Sept. 25, 2011)

U.S. and Open Government (Aug. 23, 2011)

Cyberwar Hysteria Aids Consultants, Hurts U.S. (Jul. 24, 2011)

Latest Pew Study Shows 70 Percent of U.S. Has Broadband. But Access is Still Unequal (Aug. 26, 2013)

Big Cable’s Sauron-Like Plan for One Infrastructure to Rule Us All (Jul. 10, 2013)

Mexico’s Lucky to Have Just One Man Blocking Internet Equality. We’ve Got a Bunch (May 13, 2013)

It’s Time to Fix the Pitifully Slow, Expensive Internet Access in the U.S. (Dec. 13, 2012)

We Can’t All Be in Google’s Kansas: A Plan for Winning the Bandwidth Race (Oct. 2, 2012)

Torching California’s Broadband Future: Why Your State is Next (Aug. 27, 2012)

When Competition is Cooked, Consumers are Toast (Aug. 15, 2012)

Fiber Is the Key to U.S. Telecom Diet (Jul. 4, 2012)

Be Very Afraid: The Cable-ization of Online Life Is Upon Us (Apr. 26, 2012)

The House GOP Plan to Gut the FCC (Mar. 22, 2012)

Water, Internet Access, and Swagger: These Guys Are Good (Mar. 9, 2012)

Geo-Location, Geo-Location, Geo-Location: The Tragedy of LightSquared (Feb. 23, 2012)

The Pandora’s Box of Privacy (Feb. 2, 2012)


The New York Times

Donald Trump’s Multi-Pronged Attack on the Internet (April 17, 2017)

Room for Debate: We Need Better Infrastructure for Better WiFi (May 5, 2015)

The Internet Is Back to Solid Regulatory Ground (Feb. 5, 2015)

The Wire Next Time (Apr. 28, 2014)

Back to the Digital Drawing Board (Jan. 16, 2014)

How to Get High-Speed Internet to All Americans (Jan. 23, 2013)

A Compromise Makes Sense (Jan. 18, 2012)

The New Digital Divide (Dec. 4, 2011)


Next New Deal

What Verizon’s Op-Eds Won’t Tell You About America’s Slow, Costly Internet Access (Jul. 23, 2013)

Making Telecom Central Again: Our Economic Future Depends on High Speed Internet For All (Sept. 20, 2012)


Other Writings/Interviews

How Tech + Local Government = Solving Real Issues (Feb. 2, 2015)

Mayors: A Responsive City Needs Great Internet Access (Jan. 7, 2015)

Taking Cheap Shots at a Visionary Plan (Dec. 8, 2014)

Good Data Make Better Cities (Nov. 18, 2014)

Pricey High-Speed Internet Hurts Entrepreneurs (May 2, 2014)

Is Net Neutrality Dead? (Apr. 30, 2014)

Here’s Why the Comcast-Time Warner Merger is Bad (Apr. 10, 2014)

The Responsive City: Implementing Technology is a Decidedly Human Act (Apr. 7, 2014)

Untangling NYC’s Broadband Underground (Apr. 7, 2014)

How to Build a High-Speed Broadband Network in Seattle (Apr. 5, 2014)

Why the Government Should Provide Internet Access: An Interview with Ezra Klein (Mar. 31, 2014)

Fiber Boosts for Local Journalism: Interview with Columbia Journalism Review (Mar. 25, 2014)

Comcast’s Buyout is Bad for America (Feb. 22, 2014)

Route around Cable Behemoths (Feb. 21, 2014)

Cable Purchase Sounds Scary Because It Is (Feb. 18, 2014)

How the US can Avoid Becoming a ‘Third-World Country’ in Broadband (Feb. 7, 2014)

NPR Fresh Air Interview (Feb. 6, 2014)

Regulating Internet Providers is Critical (Jan. 20, 2014)

How the Government has Undermined Internet Access (Jan. 15, 2014)

The Quest for High-Speed Fiber: Interview with The Verge (Dec. 16, 2013)

How to create a tech-savvy government (Oct. 28, 2013)