Author Archives: RB

How to Make a Cup of Coffee

I recently saw a funny blog post titled a “Tech Guy’s Version of the Perfect Cup of Coffee.” It wasn’t meant to be funny, but it wasn’t very knowing. The author buys Peet’s grocery store coffee beans, uses a mediocre … Continue reading

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Is Blogging Journalism?

I said on Facebook the other day that tech blogging is more like “infotainment” than journalism. The confusion around this subject is behind the reaction to the Michael Arrington VC fund and Arianna Huffington’s desire for editorial control over TechCrunch. … Continue reading

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Has the FCC Created a Stone Too Heavy for It to Lift?

After five years of bickering, the FCC passed an Open Internet Report & Order on a partisan 3-2 vote this week. The order is meant to guarantee that the Internet of the future will be just as free and open … Continue reading

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Speaking today in DC

This event will be webcast today: ITIF: Events ITIF Event: Designed for Change: End-to-End Arguments, Internet Innovation, and the Net Neutrality Debate Many advocates of strict net neutrality regulation argue that the Internet has always been a “dumb pipe” and … Continue reading

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How Markey III Hurts the Internet

Take a look at my analysis of Congressman Markey’s latest foray into Internet management on Internet Evolution. It’s the Big Report that will be up for a week or so. Here’s a teaser: Reading the latest version of Congressman Ed … Continue reading

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Nostalgia Blues

San Jose Mercury News columnist Troy Wolverton engaged in a bit of nostalgia in Friday’s paper. He pines for the Golden Age of dial-up Internet access, when Internet users had a plethora of choices: A decade ago, when dial-up Internet … Continue reading

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Are the FCC Workshops Fair?

The FCC has run three days of workshops on the National Broadband Plan now, for the purpose of bringing a diverse set of perspectives on broadband technology and deployment issues to the attention of FCC staff. You can see the … Continue reading

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Another Net Neutrality Meltdown

Over the weekend, a swarm of allegations hit the Internet to the effect that AT&T was blocking access to the the 4chan web site. This report from Techcrunch was fairly representative: As if AT&T wasn’t already bad enough. In an … Continue reading

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Is Broadband a Civil Right?

Sometimes you have to wonder if people appreciate the significance of what they’re saying. On Huffington Post this morning, I found an account of a panel at the Personal Democracy Forum gathering on the question of who controls the Internet’s … Continue reading

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How Akamai Optimizes the Internet

This talk from Om Malik’s Structure conference is very good. The Internet doesn’t work the way you think it does.

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