On December 8, 2011, Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett will give the keynote at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s Ministerial Seminar and Investment Partner's Forum. This presentation will cover the innovation potential of the mobile Internet and the steps policymakers can take to make it most effective.
Live Different: Susan Crawford's Broadband Blinkers
Susan Crawford's Op-Ed in The New York Times is little more than a snatch-and-grab analysis of American broadband. Apparently motivated more by a desire to reinforce an existing point of view than to understand current developments, the analysis misconstrues major new trends in network adoption, usage, and deployment. Mobile is a supplement to wired broadband, not a second class substitute.
An Endowment for Public Safety Networking
The latest spectrum bill from the House Republicans reverses the old consensus in favor of auctioning the D Block spectrum in order to fund nation-wide mobile broadband services for public safety in favor of simply assigning the D Block to public safety for the same purpose. Depending on the next steps, this could either be a good thing or a bad thing. The decision to assign rather than auction is based on faulty assumptions about the best way to meet public safety needs, but sometimes good things can happen for bad reasons. The public safety lobby insists that they have unique requirements that standards-based commercial networks can’t meet – especially for reliability and security – but also insists that it will embrace the LTE standard for the construction of a new network.