Monthly Archives: July 2012

Minimizing Competition, Maximizing Extraction

A few things I read recently strike me as good (make that “painful”) examples of how the dominant incumbent ISPs are continuing their quest to minimize competition and thereby maximize financial extraction. The first relates to anti-competitive developments in the … Continue reading

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My Broadband Pipe Dream, Part II: How might we get there from here?

Having set the conceptual stage for a “generative” Internet access strategy in Part I of this two-part post, I’d like dig a little deeper here into the “what” and “how.” As I said in Part I, and as suggested by … Continue reading

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My Broadband Pipe Dream, Part I: Review & Stage-Setting

In this post I hope to tie to together some threads of  analysis explored in earlier posts, with the goal of setting the stage for a follow-up post that will outline what I’ll call my “broadband pipe dream.” So let’s … Continue reading

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Wireline Access Tends Toward Monopoly

When we consider questions related to Internet access policy (as I’ve been doing lately on this blog), it’s useful to have a sense of both the economics and historical trends in this key sector of the economy.  In this post … Continue reading

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From Extraction to Empowerment: A Tiny Tax with Big (Broadband) Benefits

The other day I read a post by economist Dean Baker that got me thinking about an intriguing “what if.” Baker made the point that “[a] very small tax on trades of stocks, options, credit default swaps and other derivative instruments … Continue reading

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Wireless carriers: “the biggest threat to innovation”

As it’s title suggests, the central theme of Nilay Patel’s post at The Verge is that “Five years after the iPhone, carriers are the biggest threat to innovation.”  In concluding the post, Patel describes the wireless market as “a market … Continue reading

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Is the Internet Verizon’s microphone?

In a recent filing with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Verizon claimed that the FCC’s network neutrality rules violate its First Amendment rights and those of other Internet access providers. As reported by Timothy Lee at Ars Technica, Verizon … Continue reading

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