Still Swamped

If you’ve noticed the paucity of posts on this blog lately, all I can say is, be patient. I’m completely swamped this semester with various overlapping responsibilities, and things don’t appear likely to ease up until mid-February. This is the busiest I’ve been in my life. Unfortunately, some things have to give, and blogging is one of them.

London dinner Thursday night

My wife and I will be spending a few days in London at the end of this week for our 10th (!) anniverary. Although it’s mostly a vacation, we’re organizing one group dinner for tech industry and other friends, this Thursday night (the 17th). If you’re a reader of this blog, and interested in coming, please email me. We’ve got room for a few more folks.

Not the Internet

In the Washington Post, an SBC spokesman attempts to clarify CEO Ed Whitacre’s remarks suggesting the phone giant will seek payments from Internet-based applications: “Mr. Whitacre’s comments are being misinterpreted. They were not made in the context of the Internet, but rather SBC’s $4 billion investment in its new fiber network to provide Internet-based video services,” Balmoris said. Ahh, so broadband over fiber isn’t going to be “the Internet.” It’s ...

Wireless to the Rescue?

Where I see the broadband glass as half empty, Steve Stroh sees it as half full. He’s convinced license-exempt wireless networks will route around whatever damage the telcos and cablecos impose by blocking and metering applications. Steve is right that wireless, in particular unlicensed wireless, is the last, best, hope for a truly competitive broadband Internet. And he’s right that technology is no longer the critical gating factor. I’m still ...

Users v. Service Providers

Tom Evslin explains the inherent conflict between users and network operators: “You, the user, almost always benefit by having a network you are participating in be open. The leading service providers whose networks you use almost always benefit by keeping networks closed.” We take for granted that basic Internet transport is open, but that’s now being challenged in several ways.