Category Archives: Community Broadband

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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Owning our Networks: Applying Generative Ownership Design to Internet Access

In an earlier post I discussed Marjorie Kelly’s new book “Owning our Future,” which contrasts “extractive” ownership with “generative” ownership. I want to follow up on that post here, with a focus on Internet access, which I’ve been discussing in … Continue reading

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Which Kind of Internet Do “We the People” Want?

I believe we’re at a key crossroads in the evolution of the Internet, our economy and society as a whole. And, as I’ve discussed, I believe a combination of New Growth Theory and Modern Monetary Theory can help us choose … Continue reading

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NGT, MMT and Internet Policy: Overview

In this post I want to review some of the key points covered in several earlier posts. My goal is to set the stage for an Internet policy proposal based on a synthesis of New Growth Theory (NGT) and Modern … Continue reading

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Do we want an unregulated monopolist with a conflict of interest to meter our web use?

In a piece in today’s New York Times, Brian Stelter focuses on “usage-based pricing” for broadband access, a growing trend that the story’s headline suggests will have “sweeping effects.”  Early on, Stelter sums up the issue this way: The strategy, called … Continue reading

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How Best to “Upgrade America?”

I just read Blair Levin’s recent “Upgrading America” speech, whose subtitle is: “Achieving a Strategic Bandwidth Advantage and a Psychology of Bandwidth Abundance To Drive High-Performance Knowledge Exchange.” As its longish subtitle (and reference to “combinatorial innovation”) suggests, Levin seems to … Continue reading

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Social Costs of the “Looming Cable Monopoly”

At the end of an earlier post, I suggested that: …combining elements of New Growth Theory and Modern Monetary Theory [can] provide a rationale for increased federal investment in neutral, very-high-capacity broadband networks. In this post I’ll continue that discussion, focusing … Continue reading

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