Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too
Communications / Culture / Regulation / Technology

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” Few things are truer than that we, as humans, fail to appreciate the present moment.  Regardless of how bad the “good ole days” were factually, we hang on to the notion that simpler technology equates to simpler needs, simpler problems, and simpler living.  While being lost in … Continue reading

The Tragedy of the Common Carriers
Communications / Politics / Regulation / Technology

The Tragedy of the Common Carriers

One cannot discuss Net neutrality these days without stumbling across the centuries-old legal concept of “common carriage.”  As with all antediluvian models of the world, time invites decline and eventual replacement. And So The World Begins Common carriage is a rather deceptively simple idea: a service provided by a private company to any market participant … Continue reading

Net Neutrality: Why the FCC Should Vacate the Premises
Communications / Regulation / Technology

Net Neutrality: Why the FCC Should Vacate the Premises

When it comes to current Net neutrality issues, the public debate swings predominantly between two different regulatory strategies (known as, Title II and Section 706), both to be administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Yet, as much as we concern ourselves with better definitions and the right regulations, we should be more concerned with … Continue reading

Social Media and International Affairs: A Question of Ethics.
Communications / Latin America / Middle East / Politics

Social Media and International Affairs: A Question of Ethics.

In today’s world where people get their news from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Google, ethical standards reasonably come into question. Entire internet platforms are now starting to notice the impact they have on public opinion, and are starting to take a stand for what they feel is right. Take, for example, last … Continue reading

On Media Bias and Chris Matthews’ Buffoonery
America / Communications

On Media Bias and Chris Matthews’ Buffoonery

As a conservative, I’m always hesitant to make the claim of media bias, for two reasons.  First, I think the conservative claim of the mainstream media’s bias is often overwrought and self-fulfilling.  Politicians and their staffs feel wronged and unfairly treated and, as a result, create an us-versus-them atmosphere that only perpetuates the irascible relationship. … Continue reading

Sending Mixed Signals Across the Spectrum
Communications / Regulation

Sending Mixed Signals Across the Spectrum

Last week I stacked the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) alongside such descriptors as ‘curmudgeon,’ while analyzing the need for regulatory reform at the agency primarily responsible for overseeing digital and telecommunications in the United States. In a radical shift of the narrative, internet news outlets were a buzz this week with the surprise claim that … Continue reading

Communications / Regulation / Uncategorized

“Can you hear me now?” AT&T Carries the Voice of Reform to the FCC

Perhaps no one likes being told that the world has passed them by or that their sun may be setting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at 78, has recently come under heavy criticism from those who have labeled the organization a curmudgeon that has failed to keep up with technology and is now in the … Continue reading

Wen In New York: The American Capacitation of Chinese Censorship
America / China / Communications / Culture / Foreign Policy

Wen In New York: The American Capacitation of Chinese Censorship

The vacillation surrounding China’s view on public censorship is a troubling harbinger for the future of Sino-global affairs. 2012 saw a series of political scandals involving the communist regime: From the ambitious escape of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng to the government cover-up of British diplomat Neil Heywood’s murder. Yet it is the latest revelation in … Continue reading

America / Communications / Events / Politics

A Digital Avalanche

The first presidential debate contained many memorable moments. From the heated arguments difficult for moderator Jim Lehrer to control to Mitt Romney’s widely-targeted “Big Bird” comment, Wednesday night was a very entertaining night of television. Despite the excitement on our TV screens, it was the excitement on the screens of computers, smartphones, and tablets across … Continue reading