President Joe Biden has nominated two net neutrality supporters – Jessica Rosenworcel as the commission's chair and former FCC staffer Gigi Sohn – to fill out the Federal Communications Commission’s five-member panel, which would give the Democrats a majority. Continue Reading →
There's a reason you're getting more robocalls now: due to the pandemic, many international call centers were shut down. At the same time, the government did its best to reduce COVID-19-related phone scams. All that's over now. Robocall volume is back to pre-pandemic levels, and about 60 percent of these calls are scams or unsolicited telemarketing. Continue Reading →
California can now enforce its Net Neutrality law. What does this mean for people who don't live in California? Shelly Palmer talks about this with Bianca Peters and Kayla Mamelak on Fox 5's Good Day New York. Continue Reading →

Kudos to Comcast

Kudos to Comcast
Students asked for it, and Comcast stepped up; the company is raising the speed of its low-cost internet essentials plan from 25/3 (that's 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up) to 50/5. Continue Reading →

Regulating Twitter

Twitter Bird in Cage
Imagine a universe where Twitter is fully regulated, an alternative Twitterverse. This is not a place that will ever exist, but sometimes it's helpful to simplify complex issues to help think them through. What would your perfect Twitterverse be like? What rules and regulations would have to exist? Would the world be a better place if your imaginary Twitterverse existed, or would it just present us with a different set of complex issues? Continue Reading →

Even WiFi is Political

FCC Commissioners
As you know, the velocity of data is increasing and will always increase. There is no version of tomorrow where we create or use less data than we are using today. The FCC knows this and, on November 20, FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the commission is seeking public comment on his proposal to take, what he characterizes as, underutilized spectrum away from the auto industry, specifically spectrum allocated for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DRSC), and reallocate it for unlicensed WiFi use. Continue Reading →
A Crushing Defeat for Net NeutralityA Crushing Defeat for Net Neutrality
On October 1, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prevailed in the Washington DC circuit court of appeals and crushed the hopes of those arguing to reinstate net neutrality on a federal level. The responses from the FCC commissioners are split along party lines, so I will not bother to relitigate the case here. But Continue Reading →