Thoughts about network regulation and other sundry topics

Fastow Thoughts

March 25, 2012


Last night, I went to a talk by Andrew Fastow, hosted by the Leeds Business School’s Center for Education on Social Responsibility. For the students in the audience, the message was important: following the rules is not enough. He acknowledged that he should do more: “The question I should have asked is not what is the […]

Posted in: Ethics

Money for Nothing

March 19, 2012


Earlier this month,Representatives Angela Williams and Carole Murray joined with Senators Mark Scheffel and Lois Tochtrop to introduce Senate Bill 157, which proposes to reform the Colorado high cost fund. To gain support for the reform, the legislators apparently cut a deal with several corporations that get paid by the fund, and the bill explicitly […]

Posted in: Universal Service

Broadband: How do we rate?

March 8, 2012


In my telecom policy class this morning, I discussed the FCC’s National Broadband Plan with my students. When I explained the impetus behind the plan was a general feeling that the U.S. was falling behind the rest of the world in broadband deployment, most of the students reacted with skepticism. I agree that the “America […]

Posted in: Broadband

The 30 Percent: Is a Little Competition Enough?

February 20, 2012


In the last two posts, I showed how 60 percent of the country will have a choice between two providers of broadband speeds more than enough to stream HD video. What about the other 40 percent? First, up to 10 percent of the country will not have access to high speed broadband from anyone. The […]

Posted in: Broadband

Broadband Competition: Same As It Ever Was

February 9, 2012


Yesterday, I talked about the 60 percent of Americans who have a choice between two broadband providers with the capacity to handle any services they might use. The picture isn’t as rosy for the other 40 percent. Most of them (30 percent of U.S. households) will also have access to broadband at speeds that can […]

Posted in: Broadband

Cable Broadband Monopoly? Not for Most Americans.

February 8, 2012


For my first post as a new member of the faculty of the University of Colorado, it seems appropriate to discuss the state of the U.S. broadband market before this weekend’s Silicon Flatirons annual broadband conference. The broadband state of the Union has improved dramatically. Most Americans now have access to broadband speeds that were […]

Posted in: Broadband