Category Archives: Communication Policy

The FAST PIIPS Connectivity Model, Part 5: The Role of Community Benefit-Focused Organizations

In the past I’ve written about the added value that public benefit-focused institutions (e.g., cooperatives, community anchor institutions (CAIs), municipal utilities, and social enterprises) can contribute to the connectivity equation, especially in relatively rural areas with high per-premise construction costs … Continue reading

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The FAST PIIPS Connectivity Model, Part 6: Research to Support Success

In announcing Microsoft’s Airband project, company president Brad Smith cited “a need for improved data collection regarding rural broadband coverage,” adding that: “The FCC can help by accelerating its work to collect and report publicly on the state of broadband coverage … Continue reading

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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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