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Vastine comments on the Trump administration's trade team
The “central role played by Froman appears to be more dispersed in the Trump administration,” Bob Vastine, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, told Bloomberg BNA...
Larry Downes: "Listen, technology holdouts: Enough is enough" (Washington Post)
Even as fanatic customers can be counted on to line up outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone, there are still millions of Americans who don’t use a smartphone at all. For that matter, there...
Jensen advises on implications of a border tax
Some of the loudest opposition to a proposed tax on imports has come from the retail industry, which sent a handful of top CEOs to meet with President Donald Trump last week and has warned that...
Catherine Tinsley: "In Celebration of Failure" (Psychology Today)
Senior Policy Scholar Catherine Tinsley (Raffini Family Professor of Management, McDonough School of Business, and Faculty Director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute) and co...
Larry Downes: "Policymakers alone cannot stop those pesky robocalls" (Washington Post)
Have you ever answered your phone only to hear an ominous message about the “IRS” demanding money, warnings from “Microsoft” that your computer needs immediate repairs or from “Rachel from card...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "The Flip Side: Digging In to Trump’s FTC Pick on Net Neutrality, Privacy" (Wireless Week)
In her speech to the ABA 2017 Consumer Protection Conference, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen summarized her view of the FTC’s mission: “We are seeking to ensure that...
Larry Downes: "Industry Groups Beg Congress, FCC To Restore Scrambled Internet Privacy Rules" (Forbes)
Late last week, a diverse coalition of advertising trade groups, broadband providers and advocacy groups across the political spectrum moved to reverse the FCC’s last-minute effort to radically alter...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "Let’s put consumers’ needs first in internet regulation" (Fierce Telecom)
The overwhelming majority of Americans use the internet. They communicate with their friends, family and pets over the internet. The internet helps Americans find jobs and then do their work. It...
Larry Downes: "Why Is The Media Smearing New FCC Chair Ajit Pai As The Enemy Of Net Neutrality?" (Forbes)
The net neutrality misinformation bandwagon has opened an ugly new front. As fellow Forbes contributor Harold Furchtgott-Roth reported, President Trump has named Ajit Pai, one of the current...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "What the FCC Missed in its Zero Rating Report" (Wireless Week)
Chairman Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directed the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) to issue a report on zero-rating and sponsored data plans offered by various...
Larry Downes: "A simple path forward for FCC transparency" (The Hill)
Last summer, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) criticized outgoing FCC Chair Tom Wheeler for a lack of transparency about Commission proceedings. In particular, Thune...
Larry Downes: "Why The Trump Team Should Adopt Bill Clinton's Plan For The FCC" (Forbes)
The FCC, more than any other federal agency, stands at an uncertain crossroads. With the election of Donald Trump, the Commission is set to have its first Republican Chairman in almost a decade, and...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "Mobile Video Fuels Broadband Investment and Adoption" (Wireless Week)
There are two goals that have bipartisan support in Washington: increased broadband infrastructure investment and greater broadband adoption. Expanding mobile’s share of the video market can help...
Larry Downes: "The Right and Wrong Ways to Regulate Self-Driving Cars" (HBR)
Self-driving, autonomous vehicles — a topic of speculation, if not science fiction, just five years ago — are suddenly going mainstream. Before long, we’ll stop referring to the underlying...
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Larry Downes: "Why you may have good reason to worry about all those smart devices" (Washington Post)
There are an estimated 1.5 trillion objects around the world that could one day connect to the Internet, everything from simple housewares to automobiles. In the so-called Internet of Things, each of...
Anna-Maria Kovacs: "Free can be good and is hardly anti-competitive" (East Bay Times)
Deals, especially deals built around free, are offered for all conceivable goods and services. For some shoppers, finding the best deals is a sport. For others, deals provide a way to afford luxuries...

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