Posts by Alex Petros:

paper titled "contact list" with numbers next to laptop Pop quiz! What wireless phone network are most of your friends and family on? I don’t have a clue and it’s likely you don’t either. While today’s three major wireless carriers are far from paragons of competition, there’s one thing they do well: interoperability. We can seamlessly message or call anyone on another network, a […]
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european commission flags I’ve had to shift focus several times while writing this blog post. No wonder, it’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks for antitrust and digital platform competition. On Wednesday, a coalition of U.S. state attorneys general filed suit over Google’s market power in online advertising technology. Thursday saw another complaint, this one about Google […]
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amplifier Full disclosure: this blog post was not written with just the best prose and policy prescriptions in mind. There was something else I considered, something shared by everyone from the smallest of bloggers to the New York Times: how to optimize ranking in Google’s search algorithm. As Google is the dominant search engine that people […]
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poker chips on laptop Some of my favorite movie moments are “reinforcement” scenes. Just when it appears the heroes are doomed, the music swells and unexpected allies arrive to save the day. You can probably picture the scenes: the resurrected Avengers arriving via portals in Avengers: Endgame or Gandalf and the Rohirrim’s grand entrance at Helm’s Deep. Many internet […]
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food delivery This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken so much from so many, so we’ve got to find bits of joy where we can. For me, quarantined with […]
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radios I have horrible taste in music. Or at least, that’s what friends and roommates have long told me. No matter what they say, I maintain my unabashed love of pop-country. Whether it be Thomas Rhett or Florida Georgia Line, I’m always happy to sing along to a catchy tune. But my favorite—and my first celebrity […]
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big fish eating little fish This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. In the pilot of HBO’s recently-ended show, Silicon Valley, fictional mega-platform Hooli offers protagonist Richard Hendricks the deal of a lifetime: $10 million for his […]
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