Obama endorses net neutrality
Nov11

Obama endorses net neutrality

 Obama’s decision to wade into the net neutrality debate highlights how politicians can no longer simply avoid telecom, broadcast, and Internet issues by claiming that the matter is solely for regulators to determine. Policy issues such as net neutrality and Internet regulation have profound importance for millions and we should not be content to leave the issue exclusively to unelected regulators (no matter transparent their...

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Network Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}
Sep14

Network Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}

Update: My letter to the FCC You may have noticed a spinning-wheel-of-death atop your browser last week while visiting Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Tumbler or any number of sites around the Internet. The web site owners were raising awareness of something known as network neutrality (which should really be called network discrimination). Comments on an FCC proposal to regulate how website and email traffic moves around the...

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Microsoft and Boeing: parallels in mergers and layoffs
Jul19

Microsoft and Boeing: parallels in mergers and layoffs

In 1998, Boeing’s stock was at a historic low and the shareholders were clamoring for Phil Condit’s head. I worked on the DCAC/MRM initiative and sat in an all-hands meeting where a Veep told us that the company existed to “enhance shareholder value.” No. Companies exist to make a product or service that will return profits if they meet demand. Monopolies — like Boeing* and, once-upon-a-time, Microsoft...

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Upworthy headlines and copycats: just say no. Please.
Feb25

Upworthy headlines and copycats: just say no. Please.

Upworthy has infected traditional media. In January, the New Yorker explained: The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You: Positivity and arousal go a long way toward explaining the success of Web sites like Upworthy, which started in 2012 and is known for using headlines designed to make you laugh, cry, or feel righteous anger… Its posts are like the infamous cat videos on YouTube—funny,...

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Anti-trust and telecom/cable: the problem of excessive infrastructure competition
Feb18

Anti-trust and telecom/cable: the problem of excessive infrastructure competition

We really don’t like our cable company, whether it’s for television programming or Internet service. The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable venture has put our misery in the spotlight, along with arguments that market concentration is good for us. More than 10 years ago, we had a similar national dialog about consolidation in the television programming delivery business. First, Dish Network and DirecTV announced a proposed...

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