Analysis

Broadband subscriptions are up, but too many households are still disconnected

Over the past four years, the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) has asked households whether they have access to the Internet “using a broadband (high speed) Internet service such as cable, fiber optic, or DSL service…” The answer

As Google turns 20, it can’t take our goodwill for granted

As Google marks its 20th anniversary, our relationship with it isn’t quite as uncomplicated as it used to be. In the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, and fears that the Russians exploited Facebook and YouTube to influence the 2016 p

The Surprising Reason the Right Doesn’t Trust the News

Journalism has changed measurably since the 1960s, media scholar Matthew Pressman writes, and those changes have altered how we regard the news and why opinion surveys show that fewer and fewer people seem to trust it.

FCC Action on Wireless Infrastructure Hamstrings Cities but Won’t Spur More 5G Deployment

While the Federal Communications Commission is correct to take steps to promote broadband deployment (like its recent Order promoting a one-touch-make ready regime for pole attachments), its proposal to limit state and local oversight of wireless

The real 5G “race” is to serve all Americans

Sept 28 will see a White House rally to promote US leadership in fifth generation (5G) wireless technology. There is no doubt that 5G is an important step forward for wireless technology that will benefit consumers and drive economic growth.

Home internet access for low-income household helps people manage time, money, and family schedules

Could home broadband access help ease the burden of the "bandwidth tax" (the phenomenon of not being able to focus on long-term goals because so much cognitive effort is spent simply figuring out how to make ends meet in the short run) by giving l

A Deeper Dive on CAF II Winners: The New Carriers of Last Resort

Just over 100 Connect America Fund II auction winners are getting set to deploy broadband service to unserved rural areas for which they won funding. Today we take a deeper dive into the auction results and consider the long-term impact that the C

Your Community's Role in the Future of 5G

On September 26, at the Federal Communications Commission’s open meeting, commissioners will vote on an order that will limit the roles of local policymakers in the deployment of fifth generation (5G) wireless infrastructure.

Regulating free speech on social media is dangerous and futile

Conservatives who celebrate constitutional originalism should remember that the First Amendment protects against censorship by government.

Could a Faster Communications Recovery in Puerto Rico Save Lives?

Sept 20th, 2018, marks the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Maria on the American island of Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island as it devastated homes and infrastructure, and caused nearly 3,000 deaths.