Broadband Competition and Service: US versus Europe

The internet is not a toy, it is a strategic infrastructure. It may have at one time been envisioned as a defense strategic infrastructure, but today it nurtures global business and connection. Why, then, does the U.S. have such lousy broadband when we look at our European neighbors? Or Japan? Or South Korea?


House Ties FCC Hands On Net Neutrality

It’s legislation by budget fiat, and it’s wrong. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR, @repgregwalden), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, successfully introduced an amendment to H.R. 1 that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from using its budget to implement net neutrality rules passed in late 2010. A similar amendment lies in wait […]

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Google, Verizon In Pact To Sidestep Net Neutrality?

I was a little exorcised last night when I read about Google and Verizon possibly two-timing the FCC on net neutrality. In the middle of industry/FCC discussion (at least nine meetings in seven weeks), Google and Verizon reportedly (someone leaked) reached a deal to privilege YouTube bits. My gut response was along the lines of […]