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Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

"Reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a Title II ...would only endanger the entire Internet ecosystem."

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Compare with the Verizon cable franchise Title II language. Verizon Policy Blog, July 16, 2014 http://publicpolicy.verizon.com/blog/entry/verizons-...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Instagram, Aby Warburg, and the Physical Structure of the Internet

Matthew Israel | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

#1 Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain "One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switc...

"Title Shopping" Exposed: Verizon's FiOS is Based on a Title II, FTTP Network. Shame They Never Told the Court, the FCC or the Public.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

After going through thousands of pages of Verizon's statements, filings at the FCC, and court documents, even listening to the oral arguments made by their lawyers, we can not find one place where Verizon told the regulators or the courts that Verizon's entire wireline FiOS deployment in every state is based on Title II.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

If Public Education is Outsourced to Private Businesses: A Cautionary Tale

Alan Singer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Alan Singer

In some quarters in the United States, the supposed superiority of unregulated capitalist enterprise over government programs for the delivery of social services is a virtual religious mantra. But should it be?

The Compact With Capitalism: Wheeler's Net Neutrality Dodge

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Tracy Rosenberg

Rhetoric and reality sometimes diverge. Right now, the future of the Internet is hooked like a fish between two different paths.

The Fight Goes On: FCC Votes to Consider Rules That Could End Net Neutrality

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters.

Telecom Giants' Big Promise Dies

Newsweek | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business

Can you stream me now?" If the answer is no, you're probably going to be looking at the spinning wheel of death on your laptop for a very long time...

It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The original Communications Act was enacted in 1934 and subsequently revised in 1996 in which the word "Internet" only appeared 11 times while "payphone" garnered 18 references. Our policies are still being led by those outdated laws.

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

A Tale of Two Prisoners

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
Tracy Rosenberg

Every study confirms that guess. Prisoners who retain steady contact with family and friends while in prison have a dramatically lower recidvism rate. A better outcome for individuals and a better outcome for taxpayers.

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.09.2014 | Technology
The Center for Public Integrity

By Allan Holmes January 7, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

You Do Not Argue With Nelson Mandela: Lessons on Business and Context in South Africa c. 1994

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

What did I learn from him? Business cannot be left alone to be just business, and, as I learned in Pretoria nearly 20 years ago, leaders ignore this bigger picture at their peril.

What If You Had to Dial 911 -- and Couldn't?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

If the FCC decides that digital phone networks are merely "information services," protections for consumers are at risk. Some phone carriers may continue to offer these important services, but there is no way to be sure.

Visualizing the Future of Technology With Ron Erickson

Russell C. Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Ron Erickson is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications, micro-computer, and digital media industries. Mr. Erickson is also the founder of Visualant, Inc.

City Takes Landmark Stand For Working Parents

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.31.2013 | Parents

Working parents and designated caretakers in San Francisco will soon have their right to request flexible workplace arrangements protected by law, mak...

Telecoms Use Astroturf Lobby Against Net Neutrality

NEW YORK -- When the telecommunications industry sought federal rules that would allow it to charge customers more for high bandwidth products such as...

Progressives for Progress

David Goodfriend | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
David Goodfriend

We Progressives would do well to focus on the first two syllables of our political philosophy's name: progress.

Test of a Great Brand: Does Anybody Hate You?

Nirmalya Kumar | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Nirmalya Kumar

The problem often is that aspiring brands wish to be universally loved. Unfortunately, universal love is neither achievable, nor desirable. Instead, great brands are loved by some and hated by others because they actually stand for something.

No Favors for Foreign Firms in Spectrum Auction

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Call me old-fashioned, but I don't think it's government's role to have Americans subsidize foreign companies. And it sure shouldn't favor foreign-government-owned companies over American ones.