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Pursuing adoption of free and open source software in governments

By Andy Oram
March 25, 2014

Free and open source software creates a natural — and even necessary — fit with government. I joined a panel this past weekend at the Free Software Foundation conference LibrePlanet on this topic and have covered it previously in a …

Court Prods FCC in Unexpected Direction in This Week’s Verizon Ruling

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2014

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the …

Court prods FCC in unexpected direction in this week’s Verizon ruling

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2014

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the …

How did we end up with a centralized Internet for the NSA to mine?

By Andy Oram
January 8, 2014

I’m sure it was a Wired editor, and not the author Steven Levy, who assigned the title “How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet” to yesterday’s fine article about the pressures on large social networking sites. Whoever chose the title, …

Who will upgrade the telecom foundation of the Internet?

By Andy Oram
December 9, 2013

Although readers of this blog know quite well the role that the Internet can play in our lives, we may forget that its most promising contributions — telemedicine, the smart electrical grid, distance education, etc. — depend on a rock-solid …

A discussion with David Farber: bandwidth, cyber security, and the obsolescence of the Internet

By Andy Oram
January 30, 2012

I pumped Farber for big ideas about where the Internet is headed: how long it can last, slaying the bandwidth bottleneck, and waiting for the big breach.

What did Microsoft get for $8.5 billion?

What did Microsoft get for $8.5 billion?
By Bruce Stewart
May 12, 2011

Why would Microsoft pay so much for a company that doesn't have vastly superior technology or great financials? Here's five reasons.

What I get and don't get about the Google/Verizon proposal

By Andy Oram
August 11, 2010

I don't see the proposal being adopted in any regulatory context--it's too vague and limited--but it's interesting for what it says about Google and Verizon.

DC Circuit court rules in Comcast case, leaves the FCC a job to do

By Andy Oram
April 6, 2010

The DC Circuit didn't tell the FCC to turn back. It has a job to do--promoting the spread of high-speed networking, and ensuring that it is affordable by growing numbers of people--and it just has to find the right tool for the job.

Four short links: 19 February 2010

By Nat Torkington
February 19, 2010

How to Seasonally Adjust Data -- Most statisticians, economists and government agencies that report data use a method called the X12 procedure to adjust data for seasonal patterns. The X12 procedure and its predecessor X11, which is still widely used, were developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. When applied to a data series, the X12 process first estimates effects...

Google Enters the Home Broadband Market

Google Enters the Home Broadband Market
By James Turner
February 10, 2010

In a week already full of Google announcements, another bomb was casually dropped today via Google's blog. The Borg from California announced that it was experimentally entering the Fiber to the Curb (FTTC) market, and that they planned to offer much higher speeds than current offerings (1Gb/sec) and competitive pricing. The announcement also talks about what, when you remove the marketspeak, is a commitment to net neutrality in their service. This, of course, is not surprising, given Google's strong lobbying for neutrality to the FCC and congress.

One hundred eighty degrees of freedom: signs of how open platforms are spreading

By Andy Oram
February 5, 2010

Visualize open networks--and remember how far we've already come from the days before flat-rate long distance phone calls (much less app stores for cell phones).

Innovation Battles Investment as FCC Road Show Returns to Cambridge

By Andy Oram
January 14, 2010

Yesterday's FCC panel show that innovation and investment are not always companions on the Internet. An in-depth look at the current state of the debate over competition and network neutrality.

How the Network is Helping Women Be 'Architects of Change'

By Sarah Sorensen
October 28, 2009

I attended the Womens Conference today and was inpired by the women and the change in the world today. It was not a surprise when Madeleine Albright pointed out that with all the new enabling technologies available to us today, the old paradigm of punching a time clock no longer need apply. The network is playing its role in supporting women as they evolve their roles...

Four short links: 20 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2009

Apple's iPhone Wrecking the Cell Industry -- bleat bleat. Andy Oram's comment hits the mark: The music companies and AT&T were like travelers who refused to believe they were taking a long trip. They didn't pack warm clothing, and therefore had to buy it at disadvantageous terms when they came to need it. Apple was more sophisticated about where...

“Silicon Valley’s First Phone Company” -A conversation with Ted Griggs

By Joshua-Michele Ross
June 27, 2009

Ribbit bills itself as “Silicon Valley’s First Phone Company.” Recently I sat down with Ted Griggs, Ribbit’s CEO to talk about that tag line, Ribbit’s business and what’s behind their recent acquisition by British Telecom. It will be interesting to see how the telecommunications industry is going to handle the coming disruption as the public becomes accustomed to near-free calling...

FCC discusses broadband: the job is a big one

By Andy Oram
May 27, 2009

Related to a proposal I submitted for local forums to implement high-speed networks, the FCC released "Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy."

Local forums to implement high-speed networks (broadband); proposal open for votes

By Andy Oram
May 24, 2009

I've posted a proposal titled Local forums to implement high-speed networks (broadband) to a forum on open government put up by the White House. Voting is currently underway.

A code of ethics from Brian McConnell concerning employee rights

By Andy Oram
September 4, 2008

My colleague Brian McConnell has a story about employer abuse guaranteed to make you scared and angry. But finding something constructive and beneficial in an incident that was personally devastating, he offers a Code of Ethics concerning workplace privacy that seems to me simple, fair, and both technically and legally capable of being implemented. A call for privacy is particularly well-timed in this election season, when the Republicans publicly spat on the Bill of Rights at least three times last night.

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