Realities of Zero Rating and Internet Streaming Will Confront the FCC in 2016

For tech policy progressives, 2015 was a great year. After a decade of campaigning, network neutrality advocates finally got the Federal Communications Commission to codify regulations that require Internet service providers to treat all traffic the same as it crosses the network and is delivered to customers. Yet the rapid way broadband business models, always […]

Time is Ripe to Redouble Patent Reform Efforts

The Heartland Institute today is releasing my policy brief on patent abuse, one of the few areas where there is bipartisan consensus on the problem. As I write in the paper, patent assertion entities (PAEs), known pejoratively as “patent trolls,” exist to exploit weaknesses in the U.S. patent system. Their business model is built on […]

Network Neutrality’s Watershed Moment

After some ten years, gallons of ink and thousands of megabytes of bandwidth, the debate over network neutrality is reaching a climactic moment. Bills are expected to be introduced in both the Senate and House this week that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to regulate paid prioritization, the stated goal of network neutrality advocates […]

The inevitability of the sharing economy

Uber, AirBnB and other companies that mine the so-called “sharing economy” continue to face legal and regulatory challenges, both in the United States and internationally. At heart, these services use the Internet to scale up the sort of thing young people have done for ages. Going home for the weekend? Post a note on a dorm bulletin board […]

Muni broadband: Even dumber in 2015 than 2005

Ahead of his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama went to Cedar Falls, Iowa to tout municipal broadband. Despite a landscape littered with missed goals, incomplete build-outs and outright financial ruin, Obama still thinks local governments should saddle themselves with millions in debt to fund broadband systems that would compete with service providers that […]