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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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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Tech policy hangovers: Unresolved challenges for the next administration

No matter who wins the election today, the next president will be faced with a series of challenging decisions in the nexus between digital technology, trade, and security. What follows are three of the “hangover” ....

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The FCC’s work on light-touch regulation and spectrum allocation continues to enable the internet and technologies of the future

Under Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) work on light-touch regulation and spectrum allocation has made a big difference in helping advance next-generation technologies. The policy changes made by the current FCC have ....

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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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