Is it Time to Reboot Internet Policy?

Rumor has it that the DC Circuit is just about ready to release its decision on Silicon Valley’s challenge to the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order. Speculating about the order is even less fruitful than speculating about its release date because there are so many issues in play: Did the FCC dot all the i’s…

OTI United States of Broadband Map is Fake News

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) has a history of playing fast and loose with the facts: its discontinued Cost of Connectivity reports systematically created the false impression that broadband speeds in the US are lower than they are and that prices are higher. But the errors those reports made were somewhat excusable…

House Set to Aggravate Internet Problems

It’s only been a year since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Congress hasn’t done anything about the Internet’s privacy problem yet. Big problems like this take time to address, and it’s better to move slowly than to rashly make matters worse the way Europe did with the ill-conceived GDPR.…

Save the Internet Act Doesn’t

Let’s face it, the net neutrality debate has been bad for the public’s estimation of the American process of technology policy creation and enforcement. This issue is a twenty-year-old sideshow, played out in public with great fanfare while the Internet quietly developed into a very dangerous and scary system. Originally intended to regulate the Internet…

America’s 5G Plan Takes Shape

After months of speculation on the nature of the nation’s plan for the implementation of 5G, the White House has finally raised the curtain on some crucial details at a brief 5G event at the White House. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spoke at the event, where he sketched some significant outlines following a speech by…

Putting Huawei in a (White) Box

5G is the most important development in networking since the 2G mobile network was created in the early ’90s. 2G put wireless communication on a digital foundation, opening the door to massive progress in years to come. 5G will bridge the access network performance gap between wired and wireless. While the Internet’s core and backhaul…

ICYMI: Remarks at Annual Phoenix Center Rooftop Policy Roundtable – Is Privacy Policy the Next Mattress Tag?

Last week, I joined a panel of colleagues from across the broadband industry to discuss the current issues around internet policy at the Phoenix Center’s 8th Annual Rooftop Policy Roundtable. We covered a range of topics including the confusing state of privacy protections for both users and companies, government-created distractions to rolling out more 5G faster in the…

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