Archive for December 2012


2012 “Sticky WCIT: Is this the End of the Internet?”,” Stanford Law School, November 27, 2012. Larry moderates a panel discussion on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications, featuring former Ambassador David Gross.


“Larry Downes’ Favorite Techdirt Posts of the Week”,” Techdirt, November 10, 2012. At the end of a long week, Larry reviews Techdirt posts and muses on the regulatory agenda for 2013.

Forbes/IP Transition

“AT&T Moves Dramatically Toward ‘Internet Everywhere’”,” Forbes, November 8, 2012. Announcements from AT&T reflect a dramatic move from legacy copper phone networks to native IP, the final stage of a remarkable network convergence. Larry calls it “Internet Everywhere.”


“Keen on…The Election”,” TechCrunch, October 29, 2012. Larry speaks with TechCrunch’s Andrew Keen about the presidential election and what entrepreneurs wish the candidates were talking about.

KQED/Silicon Valley

“What Does Silicon Valley Want from Government”,” KQED California Report, October 22, 2012. Larry speaks with NPR on the upcoming presidential election and its impact on Silicon Valley. Listen to the full story on The California Report.

CPI/FCC Transaction

“The FCC’s Unstructured Role in Transactions”,” CPI Antitrust Chronicle, October 15, 2012. Larry and Geoffrey A. Manne’s paper for the Competition Policy Institute looks at “mission creep” in the FCC’s review of mergers and other spectrum transactions. The full paper is available on the Social Sciences Research Network.

Forbes/Silicon Valley

“What Does Silicon Valley Need from Washington? Less”,” Forbes, October 15, 2012. Larry offers an election manifesto from Silicon Valley, assuming that either party was interested in technology issues.


“EU Telcos Defend UN Internet Takeover”,” CNET, September 23, 2012. Larry reviews a half-hearted effort by the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association to defend its Internet tax plan, part of the upcoming UN conference.

Larry to Moderate Startup Panel at CES 2013

Larry will be moderating a panel titled “Washington and the Startup Economy:  First Do no Harm,” on Wed, Jan. 9, 2013 at noon at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, NV.  The panel is part of the Innovation Policy Summit, and will take place in the North Hall of the Convention Center in Room […]

The FCC’s Reign of Terror on Transaction Reviews

by Larry Downes and Geoffrey A. Manne Now that the election is over, the Federal Communications Commission is returning to the important but painfully slow business of updating its spectrum management policies for the 21st century. That includes a process the agency started in September to formalize its dangerously unstructured role in reviewing mergers and […]