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 →
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Shelly Palmer talks about what will happen now that Net Neutrality rules have been replaced by the Restoring Internet Freedom order by the FCC.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 →