Archive for August 2012


HBR/Privacy

“Customer Intelligence, Privacy, and the ‘Creepy Factor’” Harvard Business Review, August 15, 2012. In his inaugural post for HBR’s blog, Larry looks at how novel uses of information stimulate a visceral reaction in consumers, one that unfortunately tempts legislators and regulators to take action. What to do instead? Usually, nothing.

Forbes/WCIT

“Why is the UN Trying to Take Over the Internet?” Forbes, August 9, 2012. For Forbes, Larry looks at recent developments in the lead-up to this year’s rewrite of the leading international telecommunications policy. Constituents with very different agendas are teaming up to use the effort to shift critical control over the Internet and its […]

Forbes/GIGU

“One One Year Anniversary, Gig.U Delivers Impressive Results” Forbes, August 6, 2012. Larry takes a close look at Gig.U, a consortium of university towns working to break the 1 gigabit Internet barrier. What communities are willing to give up reveals a great deal of what holds back infrastructure deployment. Hint: it isn’t money.

CNET/PCAST

“Feds to Mobile Users: Drop Dead” CNET News.com, July 30, 2012. Larry parses the details of two recent federal reports on spectrum that suggest agencies are working hard to avoid a Presidential order to free up spectrum for mobile broadband consumers.

What Google Fiber, Gig.U and US Ignite Teach us About the Painful Cost of Legacy Regulation

On Forbes today, I have a long article on the progress being made to build gigabit Internet testbeds in the U.S., particularly by Gig.U. Gig.U is a consortium of research universities and their surrounding communities created a year ago by Blair Levin, an Aspen Institute Fellow and, recently, the principal architect of the FCC’s National […]