Facebook, Google, and the battle over social media in Australia, part II

In the first post of this series, we examined the effect that internet platforms have had on traditional media firms and their revenues — and their diminished ability to create news content. Australia’s mandatory bargaining code requiring ....

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Rural broadband and C-band spectrum auctions cap successful run for FCC’s Ajit Pai

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched one of the biggest and most important wireless spectrum auctions in memory. The “C-band” is a large swath of airwaves perfectly positioned to catapult 5G wireless to ....

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Should traditional or social media content include warnings about misinformation?

The debate over whether social media platforms should be held accountable for ensuring the content they carry is “truthful” (whatever that means — perhaps “not fake news” is a better description) continues to rage. Since ....

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Don’t call them data caps: A deep dive on usage-based broadband pricing

Last week, Comcast announced plans to expand its existing usage-based broadband pricing model to northeastern markets, prompting a fresh wave of criticism by some long-time opponents of the practice. But setting aside these critics’ loaded ....

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O-RAN: Facilitating protectionism in the name of competition?

Since the US and other governments have effectively banned the use of Chinese (read Huawei, but also ZTE) equipment from future mobile communications networks, support for open radio access network (O-RAN) architecture has risen dramatically. ....

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Be careful what you wish for: A return to ‘net neutrality’ is a concern for the entire internet

For the past decade, “net neutrality” has been the catchphrase for internet freedom. “Protect your right to access what you want and how you want it on the Internet,” declared the ACLU. Public Knowledge defined ....

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Ortega is busy completing Nicaragua’s authoritarian architecture

Nicaragua’s National Coalition (Coalicón Nacional), comprised of disparate opposition parties, is splintering under the duress of Daniel Ortega’s police state and the weight of its own internal contradictions. Smelling blood in the water, Ortega is ....

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3 reasons why Biden will kill off net neutrality

There are several reasons to think that a Biden administration (if the electoral vote count holds) will resurrect net neutrality, a policy adopted by the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 and then reversed by the Trump FCC ....

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