Monthly Archives: July 2009

P2P breach endangered President/First Family — The open Internet’s growing security problem — Part XIV

New evidence of very serious Internet security problems sheds new light on why Senate Chairman Rockefeller has taken such a forceful leadership role on cybersecurity and why President Obama made increasing cybersecurity a national security priority in his 5-29 cybersecurity address. Computerworld reported testimony before...
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Helping the FCC Analyze Broadband Tradeoffs

“People are not approaching this from the perspective of helping us analyze what the trade-offs are” said FCC Broadband Coordinator Blair Levin about public comments to the National Broadband Plan — per Multichannel News. Industry’s comments have attempted to be very focused on helping the...
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Where does choice come from?

Choice, having the benefit of a selection of different alternatives to choose from, springs from the risk and opportunity of market competition — not from Government economic regulation. The latest net neutrality conspiracy theory is that the U.S. wireless industry masquerades as a competitive market,...
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Defining the Problem(s) is the Crux of the National Broadband Plan

FCC Broadband Coordinator Blair Levin described the crux of the National Broadband Plan in testifying before the Commission 7-02 as “identifying where there are currently ‘demonstrable public interest harms.'” That central task is essentially defining the problem(s) and is necessary to complete the last task...
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Non-neutral Ironies of Amazon Blocking Kindle Content

Amazon’s decision to seize e-copies of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty Four” and “Animal Farm” from Kindle users after Amazon had sold and already delivered the e-books to customers — drips with irony. For those who have missed the widespread uproar over Amazon’s actions see NYTimes...
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Innovation in International Broadband Comparisons: The Phoenix Center’s “Broadband Adoption Index”

Big kudos to George Ford and Larry Spiwak of the Phoenix Center for their innovative breakthrough in devising a rigorous “Broadband Adoption Index” to replace current highly-deficient international broadband comparison methods. Last Wednesday, I attended the presentation of their paper before a largely government audience...
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