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 →
Shelly Palmer on Fox 5
Shelly Palmer talks about what will happen now that Net Neutrality rules have been replaced by the Restoring Internet Freedom order by the FCC. Hosts: Sukanya Krishnan, Jenn Lahmers. Original Airdate: December 19, 2017 Continue Reading →
Net Neutrality rules were originally enacted to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to a free and open Internet. We can argue about what Net Neutrality rules did and did not accomplish in a moment, but now I want to explore the most sensational of all the post–Net Neutrality fears: the death of the Internet. Continue Reading →
Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it will vote on December 14 to enact the exceptionally misleadingly titled "Restoring Internet Freedom" order. If passed, it will do the opposite of restoring anything resembling freedom -- it will repeal the current net neutrality rules which were enacted to ensure that Americans would have equal access to the Internet. Continue Reading →
Broadcast
The Federal Communications Commission will be auctioning off a slice of national spectrum for the first time in 5 years on January 14, 2014. The block — known as PCH H and in the 1900MHz band — will be opening up at a minimum bid of $1.56 billion. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Continue Reading →
George Washington
The peaceful transition of power is an enduring, unique and wondrous attribute of American Democracy.  Students of history know that back in 1796, when President George Washington decided to decline running for a third term, he wrote a letter to America entitled: "The Address of General Washington To The People of The United States on his declining of the Presidency of the United States."  President Washington's retirement paved the way for a vicious political battle between the Federalists, who favored John Adams and the Jeffersonians who were eponymously named for their candidate. Continue Reading →
FCC
Cellphone calls in the Northeast region were continuing to fail Wednesday because one-quarter of the transmission sites in areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy were knocked out and many of those are not expected to come back online for several days at least, government officials said. Read the rest of the story in the New York Continue Reading →