What does a ‘clean’ network look like, and why does it matter?

In early August, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Donald Trump administration’s Clean Network program, a “comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign ....

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Democrats don’t make a case for regulating Big Tech

In a recent blog post, I wrote that July’s House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Big Tech CEOs from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google turned into two hearings: one for Democrats, who largely want to control ....

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Republicans don’t make a case for regulating Big Tech

The recent House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Big Tech CEOs from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google turned into two hearings: one for Democrats, who largely want to control the companies’ business models and finances, and ....

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Will lockdown-induced data usage patterns prevail?

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, telecommunications network operators reported unprecedented increases in network usage as consumers embraced the realities of life under lockdown. Verizon, for example, reported a 22 percent increase in total data traffic ....

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Internet service provider privacy law not preempted but still bad policy

Nearly four years ago, Congress invalidated a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that would have created a two-tier privacy regime, imposing greater restrictions on internet service providers (ISPs) than on other internet-based companies such as ....

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Reaching the broadband end zone: Going the last 5 yards

We’ve recounted the many ways the pandemic revealed the superlative capacity, coverage, and robustness of the American internet. COVID-19 has even spurred accelerations of long-overdue innovations, such as telemedicine. But intense reliance on network connectivity ....

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Three months after merger approval, T-Mobile and California continue to feud

Nearly three months ago, T-Mobile closed its acquisition of Sprint. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) approved the transaction. Now the parties may be headed to court over whether the merger should happen and on ....

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