Android – one step closer to freedom of communication

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Like most heavy cellphone users I have a love hate relationship with both the device and the wireless service. Love because it gives me freedom from a physical location and thus is an essential business enabler for entrepreneurs. Hate because it restricts my freedom in many ways that ...

Owning the rainbow: why spectrum can and should be freed

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Lessig's presentation on the control of US airwaves is brilliantly clear, as usual:

Taking ownership of information highways

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Bob Frankston continues his exploration of alternative information infrastructure ownership. He wonders, with the media (copper wires, fiber optics and radio waves) essentially commodity, what do we get from services providers that we cannot more efficiently provide for ourselves? With absurdly high communications bills of late, I can't help but ...

We are the internet – so take back the internet!

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Bob Frankston hits the "network neutrality" nail squarely on the head in his article "Our Internet!" We are the Internet...We don’t need be given “Internet” by a central authority because the defining principle is that we can and must connect from the edge rather than relying on carrier be it a ...

Canadian Network Neutrality

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Canadian internet "watchdog" Michael Geist points out that there are forces at work threatening so-called "network neutrality" or as I prefer to frame the issue: internet freedom. Of particular concern is Videotron's president Robert Depatie who proves he just doesn't get it. Unfortunately what's scary is neither do many of ...

Telus gets it?

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Most of us remember Telus taking a huge misstep on the network neutrality issue by blocking access to its union website. In an amazing about face Telus seems to have done some homework, obviously doing a bit of soul searching to figure out its role in the information economy. CEO Darren ...

Test for network neutrality – will Google help?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Recently reported on Boing Boing: Dan Kaminsky, DNS hacker and rootkit infection sleuth, has devised a test for checking to see if your Internet connection is "neutral" -- that is, whether your connection is being filtered, throttled, slowed down, or monkeyed with secretly by your ISP Google has registered some "test" domains, ...

Solutions to Net Neutrality

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

I recently discovered Farber's "interesting people" discussion list: a bunch of fascinating folks debating (primarily) internet issues. A few months back Bob Cringely highlighted Bob Frankston, one of the list members, in one of the most lucid articles about network neutrality. In a message to the IP list, Frankston debunks ...

Jon Stewart on Net Neutrality

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Jon has some fun with Net Neutrality: The Daily Show delves, somewhat, into the nitty gritty in this "interview":

Emerging from the Chaos…

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Adam over at Emergent Chaos clarifies some Network Neutrality concepts for his readers in his post Innovation, Emerging From Chaos. He points out that "the regulatory apparatus has fairly clearly been captured by the regulated". Basically the big telecom corporations have learned how to thrive on regulation, and this has implications ...