The internet of (economic) things

[Commentary] There are economic issues that may arise as the “internet of things” IoT matures; Here are six that bear watching:

Smartphones can deliver vital public services

Beyond communication, smartphones have become indispensable for everything from banking to transportation in the decade since the launch of the iPhone.

Upcoming NAFTA renegotiation should expand telecommunications freedom of choice

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico is expected to be at the top of the list for renegotiation under the Trump Administration.

90 years later, the broadcast public interest standard remains ill-defined

The public interest standard has governed broadcast radio and television since Congress passed the Radio Act of 1927.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration punches above its weight

For the first time in 25 years, Congress conducted hearings in Feb to reauthorize the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Better together: Broadband deployment and broadband competition

Who has access to broadband in America, and who reaps the benefits of broadband competition? Data from a recent Federal Communications Commission study provides insights into both important questions.

The common origins of science and democracy

[Commentary] This is the Scientific Revolution, but part of its reawakening is the recognition that truth-finding forms the basis for technological innovation, for capitalism and for democratic rule.

2017: E-Rate’s make or break year

The underappreciated but critically important E-Rate program faces a fork in the road in 2017. Created during the Clinton administration, E-Rate originally intended to make it easier for schools to purchase dial-up internet connections.

Disinformation campaigns target tech-enabled citizen journalists

Governments hoping to evade responsibility for war crimes and rights abuses are having a much tougher time of it these days. Denying entry to nettlesome investigators is still standard while many places are simply too dangerous to investigate.

Why Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch is a regulatory skeptic

One unreported item regarding President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is that he would bring more private practice exposure to telecommunications law to the court tha