Broadband Expert Andrew Odlyzko Warns Telecom Investors That Industry Has Its Math Wrong, Again
November 4th, 2014
November 4, 2014 – Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam claimed in an editorial in The New York Times, “The United States built its lead because companies invested nearly $1.2 trillion, over 17 years, to deploy next-generation broadband networks.” That number is meaningless: over a period of 17 years, much of the […]
Broadband Roundup: AT&T-DirecTV Merger and its Impact on the Marketplace
Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, Media, Media ownership, Net Neutrality, Wireless
May 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – AT&T announced that it would acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal, according to multiple sources. The agreement may allow AT&T to position itself in a way to rival cable firms. AT& would acquire about 20 million of DirecTV’s customers. The Washington Post recounts that the stated goal of the […]
State Department Funds Shadow Internet Networks to Protect Free Speech Rights
Africa, Asia, Broadband's Impact, International, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
June 13th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 – The U.S. State Department has acknowledged funding the establishment of independent “shadow” internet and cell-phone networks in countries with oppressive regimes, according to a Sunday New York Times article.
The effort is part of a broader “liberation technology movement” critical in the recent popular uprisings in Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria – the more recent events are commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring.” The liberation technology refers to the use of information technology to expand political, social, and economic freedom.
Barton, Markey to Wireless Carriers: ‘Do You Track Customers’ Location Info?’
Congress, House of Representatives, Privacy, Wireless
March 31st, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 – Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX), Co-Chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus sent letters Tuesday to Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T asking the wireless companies to disclose how the firms collect and stored user location data.
The letters to all four major wireless carriers were sent response to a recent story in the New York Times, which reported that the German mobile provider Deutsche Telekom tracked the locations of German politicians.
Sting of Press Coverage Spurs Microsoft To Issue Free Software Licenses
September 13th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2010 — Microsoft on Monday reacted swiftly to a New York Times report that law enforcement authorities are abusing the company’s anti-piracy campaign to squelch dissent by unilaterally issuing free licenses to non-profits operating around the world.
Public Interest Groups Bemoan Reported Google, Verizon Secret Network Neutrality Pact
Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality, Transparency
August 5th, 2010
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2010 – It has been reported that Google and Verizon are working on a secret pact about network neutrality. The New York Times says this pact will give Google products preferential treatment on the Verizon network. However both firms are claiming this is untrue. Public interest organizations however bemoan the entire concept of a secret pact.
Tech Liberation: The April Fools’ Headlines You Didn’t See
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 2nd, 2010
We heard about Google renaming itself ‘Topeka.’ But Technology Liberation Front shares some other “headlines” from yesterday. Read the post here.
The New York Times Highlights BroadbandCensus.com and Other Internet Speed Tests
Broadband Data, Expert Opinion
January 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 21, 2010 – Today’s edition of The New York Times includes a story about internet speed tests, including BroadbandCensus.com, and the various approaches that each of the major providers take in offering speed tests.
The piece, “How Fast is Your Web Connection?” by Peter Wayner, includes ISPGeeks.com, Toast.net, VisualWare, Pingtest.net, and DSLReports.com, along with BroadbandCensus.com.
Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity Chief, Defends Role and Writings
Broadband's Impact, FCC
December 15th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 15, 2009 – “I am not a Czar,” Federal Communications Commission Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd declared on Monday, while delivering the keynote at a Media Access Project event on the impact of new media, net neutrality and journalism’s future.
Lloyd, an attorney based out of the commission’s Office of General Counsel, devoted a great deal of his speech to rebutting criticism and accusations regarding his role at the FCC, which began when some right-wing oriented blogs and commentators, including Glenn Beck, began critically examining his prior academic writings on media ownership and diversity of expression.