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The Big Lie About The FCC’s Third Way To An Open Internet — (And a Dirty Little Secret)

May 13, 2010 Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination

The Big Lie isn’t called the Big Lie for nothing.  It’s put before the public by organizations with comfy-sounding names, repeated endlessly in ads and columns and blog posts and tweets by groups and politicians – many of whom receive support from those the Big Lie favors.  Here’s the current case in point.  The government wants to takeover/control/regulate the Internet.

Who was responsible for this?  Start with Americans for Prosperity.  It’s hard to quibble with a name for a group like “Americans for Prosperity.”  After all, who doesn’t want Americans to be prosperous?  Therefore, it’s somewhat curious that a group that purports to have our well-being at heart is taking on the one institution that has been the greatest creator of wealth we have ever seen – the Internet.

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Determining Causality in Telecommunications

May 6, 2010 FCC , Innovation , Last Mile , Non-Discrimination , Regulatory Reform

With the FCC and most government actors obsessed with incentive creation, it makes sense to determine whether and how a regulatory or deregulatory action causes some desired outcome.  Consider the creation of incentives to invest in physical plant.  Incumbent carriers have spent a lot of time, money and effort arguing that regulation creates investment disincentives and deregulation does the desired opposite.  This simplistic and not always correct premise constitutes the prevailing wisdom in the U.S.

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Why A Small Thing Like Wireless Radio Design Can Really Screw Things Up

April 30, 2010 Network Open Access , Non-Discrimination , Public Safety , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless

Today, on behalf of the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Public Knowledge filed comments with the FCC about the plans to build wireless chipsets for the 700 MHz band, the band that is going to be important to the deployment of 4G service.  While that might sound as boring and technical as boring and technical can be, it actually has some very important and straightforward real world ramifications.

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Preempt State Broadband Reporting Requirements? Under What Authority?

April 28, 2010 Broadband , FCC , Mapping , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination

Sometime back, I coined the term “Cassandrafreude.”  A compound of “Cassandra” and “schadenfreude,” it means “the bitter pleasure derived from seeing someone else suffer in the way you predicted even though you are getting screwed yourself.” 

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Princeton Shows How “Reasonable Network Management” Would Work — Without Being Subject To NN.

April 22, 2010 FCC , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination , Wireless

Once again, I get to trumpet the enlightenment of my alma mater, Princeton University (Go Tigers!).

 

As detailed in this piece, iPads had a problem that started bringing down Princeton’s wifi network. So Princeton blocked the iPads, diagnosed the problem, published the details of the problem and acted in an open and transparent manner, developed a work around, published the work around, allowed any iPad that implemented the work around to reconnect, and is now working with Apple to share the work around with everyone.

 

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