Category Archives: Economics

The Intention Economy: Free Markets Require Free Customers

I’ve just started reading a relatively new book entitled The Intention Economy and written by Doc Searls, a leading Internet thinker and co-author of the 1999 classic, The Cluetrain Manifesto. And though I’ve only read a few chapters so far, I … Continue reading

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Understanding MMT: Recommended Video & Audio

For anyone wanting to better understand Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), I’d highly recommend the following: A nearly 2 hour joint presentation (including extended Q&A) at the Columbia Law School by Prof. Stephanie Kelton of UKMC and investor and MMT pioneer … Continue reading

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Freeing Progressives From Their Deficit-Fear Shackles

Since the federal deficit was a central (and, in my view, misguided) focus of both of the two recent political conventions, it seems like a good time to revisit the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) perspective on the deficit (in what … 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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