Archive for September 2011

Net Neutrality: High Cost, No Benefit

For Forbes this morning, I reflect on the publication late last week of the FCC’s “Open Internet” or net neutrality rules and their impact on spectrum auctions past and future. Hint: not good. An important study last year by Prof. Faulhaber and Prof. Farber, former chief economist and chief technologist, respectively, for the FCC, found […]

Updates to the media page

We’ve added another dozen entries to the Media Page. Throughout the summer, Larry was busy with articles and press interviews on everything from pending copyright legislation, the FCC’s annual wireless competition report, and the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. The focus, as always, was on the impact of these regulatory proceedings on Silicon Valley and […]

CNET/Cell Towers

“Does Your iPhone Service Suck? Blame City Hall” CNET, Sept. 8, 2011. For CNET, Larry analyzes recent FCC filings to show how local authorities make it difficult for mobile carriers to improve service. In cities with the highest rates of complaints by users, carriers are thwarted from efforts to add new towers and antennae […]


“Fair Weather Friends” National Journal, Sept. 2, 2011. Larry is quoted at length in Sara Jerome’s analysis of tech industry opposition to new copyright legislation pending in Congress.

USA Today/Merger

“Feds Right to Block Telcom Merger?” USA Today, Sept. 2, 2011. Larry’s post on the Department of Justice lawsuit against AT&T was reprinted in USA Today.

Forbes/DoJ lawsuit

“Justice Condemns AT&T/T-Mobile: Three Reasons Silicon Valley Should Worry,”, Sept. 1, 2011. In the wake of a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Larry warned Silicon Valley about a dangerous turn in the Obama Administration’s attitude–and understanding–of technology industries. Among other mentions, the article was quoted by the National Antitrust Hall of […]

CNET/Five Changes

“Five Essential Changes to Protect IP Act,” CNET, Aug. 17, 2011. Larry proposes five key changes to the Senate’s Protect IP Act, as the House prepares its own version. The article proved provocative, generating response from TechDirt’s Mike Masnick and the Motion Picture Association of America. See also the National Journal.

BW/Merger review

Todd Shields and Sara Forden, “AT&T Seeks to Bolster T-Mobile Case as Doubts Rise in Poll,” Bloomberg Business Week, Aug. 12, 2011. Larry is quoted in this article looking at developments in the government’s review of AT&T’s pending merger with T-Mobile USA. See also San Francisco Chronicle and Law and Politics of Broadband.

Sept. 14th – Privacy Roundtable with Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Larry will be participating in a roundtable on privacy and regulation on Wed, Sept. 14th at the Capitol Visitor’s Center.  The roundtable will be moderated by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R, Tn).  Details are available here.

iPhone and Android Devices Not Working? It’s Your Fault

For CNET this morning, I have a long article reviewing the sad recent history of how local governments determine the quality of mobile services. As it  turns out, the correlation is deeply negative.  In places with the highest level of user complaints (San Francisco, Washington, D.C.), it turns out that endless delays or outright denials […]