Only Connect

I’ve posted a draft of my latest law review article, Only Connect to the SSRN archive. Comments are welcome. My claim is that there are two types of rules for communications networks: interconnection rules and non-discrimination rules. The distinction has never been fully appreciated, even though regulators have imposed both requirements many times. Non-discrimination questions predominate today, but in reality, the central challenge of our era of digital convergence is ...

Supernova 2007 Connected Innovators Program

We’ve just announced the 2007 version of the the Supernova Connected Innovators program, co-hosted by TechCrunch. This was one of the highlights of last year’s conference, so we’re thrilled to be working with Mike Arrington again. We’re even expanding the program to add benefits for both the selected companies and attendees. The Connected Innovators program recognizes compelling emerging technologies likely to make an impact on the connected future. From scores ...

Microsoft's Misunderstood "Mystery Device"

I was in a seminar all day yesterday, so I missed this until a reporter contacted me. Apparently, some bloggers and news outlets went ballistic about a “mystery application” with the FCC that Microsoft filed, supposedly for a phone version of the Zune music player. No one appears to have read the actual filing, readily available from the FCC website. It’s pretty clear, and tells a different story. First of ...

Video driving the broadband business

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts loves YouTube: “…4 percent of all the bits going across high-speed Internet lines at Comcast is YouTube. We don’t view that as a bad thing. We view that as a great thing in terms of the core video business versus a differentiated broadband business.” (via PaidContent) Video will shape the economics of the Internet over the next few years, even as it remains a minority of ...

Supernova 2007

My Supernova conference is once again on the horizon. This year’s event, Defining the New Network, will be held June 20-22, in San Francisco. We’ve officially opened registration, and put new information on our website at http://www.supernova2007.com. I hope you can join us for what promises to be both a stimulating and fun experience.