Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Net Neutrality is Just a Symptom

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

There are a number of threats to the Internet as a system for innovation, commerce and education today. They include net neutrality, the price of Internet access in America, performance, rural availability and privacy. But none of these are the root issue, they're just symptoms. The root cause of all of these symptoms is ...

Sonic Statement on Net Neutrality

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced his plan to protect net neutrality, asking the FCC to prevent Internet providers and cable companies from blocking or limiting access to websites. Obama said, “They should make it clear … Internet providers have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to ...

Net neutrality is dead. Long live net neutrality!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Netflix has begun paying a fee to deliver their site's content to Comcast and Verizon Internet customers who want to access it. This is in addition to the fee which Comcast and Verizon customers themselves pay to access "The Internet", which of course includes Netflix. The customers pay for Internet access, but ...

2013 Transparency Report

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Protection of customer privacy is one of our core values at Sonic.net. We seek to provide as much transparency as possible regarding legal processes and customer privacy, so in furtherance of those efforts, we are releasing our third annual Transparency Report. This year we saw far fewer civil subpoenas than 2012, with just ...

Duopoly Carriers Aren’t Evil. They’re Public Policy.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1753" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Susan Crawford at Code for America[/caption] Last week I attended a presentation by Susan Crawford, the author of Captive Audience, The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. It was held, fittingly, at Code for America in San Francisco. Ms. Crawford has a pragmatic outlook on ...

2012 Transparency Report

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Protection of customer privacy is one of our core values at Sonic.net. We seek to provide as much transparency as possible regarding legal processes and customer privacy, so in furtherance of those efforts, we are releasing our second annual Transparency Report. This year we saw an equal number of civil subpoenas ...

Internet Video Needs a “Carterfone” Decision: Any Lawful Device

Friday, May 24th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1742" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Carterfone on display in the Sonic.net lobby[/caption] From 1877 until 1968, consumers in the US were only allowed to use telephone equipment that was provided by the telephone company. It was a closed system, where your only choice of handset was the one that the local phone company ...

San Francisco Cabinets

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The San Francisco Business Times reports that a San Francisco judge has rejected a challenge to AT&T's planned cabinet deployment, which will soon deliver AT&T's U-verse broadband and television services. I've written in the past in support of the infrastructure necessary for broadband service delivery, and I am heartened by this ...

Improving California’s High Speed Infrastructure: Bullet Trains or Gigabits

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The state's leadership today approved the most expensive infrastructure project ever undertaken in California, a high-speed rail project that will connect San Francisco and Sacramento with Los Angeles. The cost: $68,000,000,000. Generally speaking, rail in the US is useless for public transportation, so I'm sure this will be a wonderful resource ...

Death and taxes

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Federal Universal Service Fund fee has spent the last decade climbing upward without any apparent end in sight. This next quarter it is set to drop a little, but this isn't an indication of a change in the overall trend: upward. A Sonic.net Fusion customer pays roughly $2.40 monthly ...