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Archive for March, 2012

I was so impressed by Jacky’s global perspective in her last post so I decided to write something to respond – or maybe just to add some interesting points and controversies into this discussion. The first as well as the most complicated thing is the copyright issue in mainland China. And I believe it has […]

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I am currently taking a class called Regulating International Networks with Professor Irene Wu from the FCC.  As a class, we examine the foundational theories that determine the logic behind various network regulations and attempt to evaluate its application on a global scale through diverse case studies.  So far it has been an enlightening academic […]

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My response for this week will brush over the following: snippets of thoughts on spectrum, bandwidth and conglomerate encroachment. According to the text, the increase of spectrum abundance grows exponentially. For that reason, I argue that spectrum abundance may soon turn in to spectrum superabundance instead. However, this may stipulate a fork in the road […]

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Since the early 20th century, the government has regulated the radio spectrum as if it were the most valuable natural resource in the world, operating under the assumption that more wireless devices would eat up more of the spectrum and thus heighten chances of interference between devices. This caused the government to be very frugal […]

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Data Caps + Apps

Here’s something we just posted today. Could clarify a few of the points we discussed last night. ——- [This post is by FMC contributor Greg Capobianco] When someone else starts paying for something that you used to plunk down cash for, it generally looks like a win. But looks can be deceiving. In the following case, even what […]

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The Economics of Net Neutrality: …Network neutrality is defined as an open, neutral system free of fees to content or applications providers on the Internet. Starting in 2005, AT&T and other ISPs proposed to start charging content/application providers to allow them to reach consumers’ homes. These charges would be over and above what residential users […]

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The media portrayal of net neutrality has been incredibly polarized. Like many other debates in online content regulations, it seems people either see only two sides of the coin– free speech or no speech.  As we have seen in the debates over copyright protection, the fact of the matter is that regulations involve numerous stakeholders.  […]

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The readings for this week have a common theme, in that they all characterize a specific action or a policy as harmful to innovation in creative spaces. Telecomm mergers, whitespace auctions, and defunding public or non-profit radio: they all threaten aspects of the creative process. Data caps, for example, are network management techniques that manipulate […]

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Although I was in an FCC staff’s course learning policies and regulations of telecommunications and the Internet during my second semester in CCT, the rapid changes in these fields now are really beyond my knowledge which is still limited to the past. At that time we were looking at the history of the “evil AT&T […]

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Fans need “access” to music, and artists need fans; both are inextricably interlocked. Access, bridges the gap between fans and artists. Consolidation stifles creativity, yes, I agree, but this has become tacit. No need to ponder further; actions are required. In my blog, I attempt to discuss and propose actions that circumvents consolidation and corporate […]

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