Brookings Panel on "Fostering Internet Competition"

Brookings Panel on “Fostering Internet Competition “The Brookings Institute held a panel discussionWednesday on “Fostering Internet Competition” to highlight a new Brookings paper “How to Maintain a Competitive Internet.” Darrell West, who moderated the discussion, wrote that by 2016 analysts estimate the digital economy will amount to $4.2 trillion among G-20 nations – nearly double the…

Brookings Panel on “Fostering Internet Competition”

Brookings Panel on “Fostering Internet Competition “The Brookings Institute held a panel discussionWednesday on “Fostering Internet Competition” to highlight a new Brookings paper “How to Maintain a Competitive Internet.” Darrell West, who moderated the discussion, wrote that by 2016 analysts estimate the digital economy will amount to $4.2 trillion among G-20 nations – nearly double the…

Crowdsourcing for Internet Governance Should not be Dominated by Governments

The International Telecom Union (ITU), founded in the 19th century, last updated its regulations or ITRs in 1988 and clearly has a lot of catching up to do.  It has traditionally focused on standards for telegraph and analog voice communications, allocating global electromagnetic radio spectrum and satellite orbits by multilateral treaty.   The ITU also defines basic…

Lightsquared Announcement Disappoints CCIA, Wireless Users

The FCC has revoked Lightsquared’s waiver to operate its nationwide, satellite-based broadband network. The move comes after those trying to block the system lobbied against it claiming it would interfere with GPS traffic. CCIA and others hoping for more available spectrum and more wireless broadband competition are disappointed with this setback. Federal regulatory bureaucracy and…

Verizon’s New Privacy Policies Alarming

Earlier this week, Verizon and Verizon Wireless began sending notices to their customers announcing a change to the privacy practices of the companies and a new program of targeted advertising. The letter informed customers that Verizon would be using information about the customers, including geographic location and which websites they visit, and would be sharing…