Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

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 ...

Sonic.net privacy policies recognized by the EFF

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Electronic Frontier Foundation today released their 2012 privacy report, and Sonic.net has come out with top marks. The EFF assessed the policies of 18 leading Internet companies, including "email providers, ISPs, cloud storage providers, and social networking sites — to assess whether they publicly commit to standing with users when ...

Transparency Report

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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 first annual Transparency Report. This year we saw an increase in the number of ...

Web Hogs!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I have always felt that our customers buy connections from us to use them. Abuse them. Hog up big chunks of the web. Fill up those tubes! And to just generally consume what they are buying: a big fast broadband pipe, to use however they see fit. As more and more broadband ...

CENSORED

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Today, Congress holds a hearing on a bill that would create America's first system for internet censorship. Stand with us to stop it. Please join the Free Software Foundation, EFF, Public Knowledge, Creative Commons, Mozilla and Sonic.net in speaking out against SOPA and PROTECT-IP. These bills give too much control of ...