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Larry Downes: "Broadband’s future is in the crosshairs of the FCC’s ‘political spectrum’" (Washington Post)
The Federal Communications Commission, once a sleepy regulatory backwater, has become a deeply political agency, governed less by the science of radio waves than by pressure from inside-the-Beltway...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "Has Title II Regulation Stifled Wireless Investment? Here’s What the Number Say" (Wireless Week)
Anyone who doubts that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 2015 invocation of the Communications Act’s Title II utility-style regulation reduced broadband investment need only look at...
Larry Downes: "Ligado Is Ready To Launch A New Mobile Network. Will The FCC Let Them?" (Forbes)
When a new mobile service causes interference to another network, who is responsible for correcting the problem? That’s a question that will increasingly make or break emerging industries. With the...
Catherine Tinsley: "Kate Spade & Company Redefining the Global Value Chain" (Huffington Post)
Commencement season is upon us, and as people venture out to find “affordable luxury” graduation gifts, they may find themselves in a Kate Spade & Company boutique. There they will find not only...
Larry Downes: "The U.S. Supreme Court Is Reining in Patent Trolls, Which Is a Win for Innovation" (HBR)
In the last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two important rulings limiting patent rights. The decisions, which were both unanimous, significantly scaled back the ability of patent holders to slow...
J. Bradford Jensen: "Trump likes to talk about steel and manufactured goods. America’s better trade hope may lie in exported services" (LA Times)
Exports account for just 4% of the sales of U.S. services that are tradeable, compared with about 20% of American manufactured goods, said J. Bradford Jensen, a professor at Georgetown University’s...
Larry Downes: "Pushing The Net Neutrality Rock Back Up The Hill" (Forbes)
On Thursday, the FCC will vote on a proposal to review its 2015 decision to transform Internet Service Providers into public utilities. The 2015 Order also included the most recent version of so-...
Larry Downes: "The gradual — then sudden — disruption of retail" (Washington Post)
Twenty years ago, when the commercial Internet was just a handful of static Web pages and links, I started a list of predictions that have since proved very, very wrong: “No one will ever buy a car...
Larry Downes: "Get Ready For Net Neutrality's Ugly Return" (Forbes)
Once more into the net neutrality breach, friends. In the waning days of the Obama administration, an increasingly activist Federal Communications Commission plunged head-first into regulatory...
Shapiro advises on White House approach to federal debt and budget development
The Trump administration has also promised big economic growth. Backing off this plan to eliminate the debt could help with that. Rob Shapiro, of Georgetown University and the economic advisory firm...
Catherine Tinsley: "Tax Season Highlights The Gender Pay Gap" (Huffington Post)
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, but death and taxes,” declared Ben Franklin. We hope to avoid adding the gender wage gap to the list as well. Tax Day is yet another reminder of...
Larry Downes: "'Firing’ the customer and other cringe-worthy behavior hurting trust in smart devices" (Washington Post)
Here’s how not to build consumer trust in smart devices known as the Internet of Things. A recent news report describes how the inventor of a smartphone-enabled garage door opener called Garadget...
Larry Downes: "Should broadband be included in the Trump infrastructure plan?" (Washington Post)
A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee recently reviewed options for completing America’s impressive progress in deploying broadband infrastructure. Unlike other issues, there is bipartisan...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "The FCC is encouraging investment and competition in the business market" (FierceTelecom)
In keeping with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) helpful new transparency initiative under Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency has provided the text of the broadband data services (BDS) draft...
Larry Downes: "The Tangled Web of Net Neutrality and Regulation" (HBR)
Net neutrality is a basic, but notoriously squishy, principle. It means that a broadband internet provider should not block, slow, or otherwise unfairly discriminate against any websites or online...
Larry Downes: "Why Congress's Rejection Of Proposed FCC Data Rules Will Not Affect Your Privacy In The Slightest" (Forbes)
The Internet is buzzing this week over a House vote Tuesday to permanently bar proposed FCC regulations regarding data collection and use first published in December from taking effect. The...

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