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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 …

Four short links: 18 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2012

Let’s Pool Our Medical Data (TED) — John Wilbanks (of Science Commons fame) gives a strong talk for creating an open, massive, mine-able database of data about health and genomics from many sources. Money quote: Facebook would never make a …

Commerce Weekly: Verizon drops Google Wallet

Commerce Weekly: Verizon drops Google Wallet
By David Sims
December 8, 2011

Telecom's resistance hints at more mobile payment fragmentation, criminals take the "swipe" part of "swipe-and-pay" literally, and Starbucks uses augmented reality to create a viral marketer's dream. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Watering Hole - Play Me Off With a Song

By Randy Silverman
April 5, 2011

A note from James: This strip marks the last one for which I'll be doing the script. The demands of my day job and many writing projects doesn't leave me enough time to come up with an appropriate amount...

The Watering Hole - Flight of the Pigasus

The Watering Hole - Flight of the Pigasus
By James Turner
January 24, 2011

Not sure why everyone's so excited about this. CDMA carriers lose one of the big advantages of the iPhone, the talk and browse together feature.

ePayments Week: Square rounds up

ePayments Week: Square rounds up
By David Sims
January 13, 2011

In this edition of ePayments Week: Square brings home the bacon; PayPal's mobile strategy gets a nod; and Verizon busts open the iOS market.

The distinctions and controversies of net neutrality

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2010

"Network Neutrality: Distinctions and Controversies" appears to be the first disciplined attempt to distinguish the various definitions of network neutrality and the practices it is supposed to stop.

The network neutrality debate: It all depends on what you fear

By Andy Oram
August 30, 2010

Network neutrality confuses a lot of laypeople because of all the different levels on which it's being argued and the opposing ways language is used by different participants. Andy Oram takes a look at the loaded words in the net neutrality debate.

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.

iPhone Killers, Blackberries and Chicken Parts

By Mark Sigal
October 28, 2009

While a steady stream of so-called iPhone Killers are filtering into the market, Apple's momentum continues unabated. Inspired by his own experiences upgrading to the Blackberry Tour, the author ponders why so many solution provides confuse delivering a bunch of 'chicken parts' with producing an actual, living, breathing chicken.

Verizon Mi-Fi2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

Verizon Mi-Fi2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
By Brian Jepson
June 5, 2009

The folks at Verizon Wireless and Weber Shandwick Worldwide sent me a review unit of the Verizon Mi-Fi2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. It's a great device that combines the broad coverage of EV-DO (the 3G cellular data system used by Verizon...

Network neutrality: code words and conniving at yesterday's FCC hearing (Part 2 of 2)

By Andy Oram
February 27, 2008

Yesterday I summarized the public FCC hearing about bandwidth at the Harvard Law School, and referred readers to a more comprehensive background article. In this article I'll highlight some of the rhetoric at the meeting, which shows that network providers' traffic shaping is no more sophisticated or devious than the shaping of public perceptions by policy-makers and advocates.

Network neutrality: how the FCC sees it (Part 1 of 2)

By Andy Oram
February 26, 2008

The mere announcement of an FCC hearing on "broadband network management practices" was a notch in the gun of network neutrality advocates. Yet to a large extent, the panelists and speakers were like petitioners who are denied access to the king and can only bring their complaints to the gardeners who decorate the paths outside his gate. I wrote a major analysis two years ago that I really think still stands as an accurate representation of the issues. What we'll end up getting is a formal endorsement of non-discrimination as a policy that Internet providers must follow, leading to continual FCC review of current practices by telecom and cable companies.


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