Monthly Archives: June 2009

What If Columbo Investigated Special Access?

A new coalition of some struggling broadband competitors, NoChokePoints.org, is making claims that the “special access” market is being “choked” by lack of competition and is urging the FCC to reverse course and regulate lower prices for these competitors. “Special access” is basically the business-to-business...
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Putting the Tech Elites’ Whining in Perspective — Swanson’s new U.S. Bandwidth Boom Report

Kudos to Bret Swanson’s excellent new research: “Bandwidth Boom: Measuring U.S. Communications Capacity from 2000-2008.” For the first time, it measures and puts into perspective the incredibly explosive growth in American bandwidth capacity since the U.S. began strongly promoting facilities-based broadband competition and Internet infrastructure...
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My House Internet Privacy Testimony — “a consumer-driven, technology/competition neutral privacy framework”

Today I testified before a Joint House Subcommittee hearing of the Energy & Commerce Committee on “The Potential Privacy Implications of Behavioral Advertising.” A one-page summary is below and the full testimony is here. Summary Testimony of Scott Cleland, President, Precursor LLC “Why A Consumer-Driven,...
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Pew Report spotlights robust U.S. broadband adoption

Kudos to Verizon’s Link Hoewing for an excellent post highlighting the recently released Pew Research Report, which shows the U.S. continues to make steady, broad, and impressive progress in broadband adoption. This Pew research is another independent evidence point that undermines the manufactured dogma that...
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OECD ranks US #1 in schools’ broadband access

In another example of how many have overstated that the U.S. is falling behind the world in broadband, the OECD ranks the U.S. #1 in broadband Internet access to schools, with 97% of all American primary and secondary schools having broadband Internet access per the...
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The National Broadband Plan “Fork-in-the-Road”

A scan of the major comments just delivered to the FCC on the National Broadband Plan (which is due to Congress February 2010), spotlighted the big broadband policy “fork-in-the-road” decision that the FCC now has before it. One road of the fork-in-the-road, continues down the...
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Comments on FCC’s National Broadband Plan

I filed comments today on the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry on the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, which is required to be delivered to Congress by February 2010. I made three main points about the National Broadband Plan; it should: Build upon America’s strong foundation of...
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