Category Archives: Economics

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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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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From “Extractive” to “Generative” Ownership

I recently read a new book by Marjorie Kelly entitled “Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution.  As it’s extended title indicates, the book allows readers to join Kelly on what she describes as  Journeys to a Generative Economy.  I’d highly recommend … 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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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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