Category Archives: Communication Policy

Interactions Between Political and Platform Systems

This post focuses on the interactions between digital platforms and public sector democratic governance systems. It is intended to help set the stage for two subsequent posts that offer suggestions about how to support positive feedback loops and discourage negative … Continue reading

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A Purpose-Built Platform to Strengthen Democracy

In brief, the argument presented in this post is that: The health and future prospects for political democracy are facing serious threats in the U.S. and the world. The history of Facebook, Google, Twitter and other online platforms and services … Continue reading

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Democratic Oversight of Platform Management by “Produsers” 

In an earlier post I posited that: We are experiencing negative two-way feedback loops related to problems in the governance, operation and impact of our public political institutions and that of the digital platforms we increasingly rely on in our … Continue reading

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The FAST PIIPS Connectivity Model, Part 1: Introduction

This is the first in a series of blog posts outlining an approach to expanding high-speed Internet connectivity that I refer to as FAST PIIPs (Fiber and Spectrum Together for Public Interest IP Services).  The FAST PIIPS model reflects the … Continue reading

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The FAST PIIPS Connectivity Model, Part 2: TV White Space as a Tool to Expand Rural Access

This post, which considers the potential of TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum as a tool for expanding rural access, uses two recent and related events as jumping off points for the discussion. 1. Microsoft’s July 12 announcement of its Airband initiative, … Continue reading

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The FAST PIIPS Connectivity Model, Part 3: EBS Spectrum as a Tool to Bridge the Rural Homework Gap

In an earlier post I discussed the potential of TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum to help expand the availability of affordable high-speed Internet access in rural areas.  In this post I want to bring another underutilized spectrum band into the … Continue reading

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The FAST PIIPS Connectivity Model, Part 4: Fiber and Spectrum Together (FAST) for Rural Access

In my last two posts I discussed how unlicensed TVWS spectrum and education-focused EBS spectrum are underutilized and potentially valuable connectivity resources in many underconnected rural communities. In this post and the next, I hope to flesh out my vision of a … Continue reading

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