Seeking great people to work on Supernova

I’ve organized the Supernova technology conference for the past seven years.  I’m proud of it.  I think it has a pretty good record of staying ahead of the curve and bringing together compelling people, companies, and ideas. I plan Supernova myself, with a small virtual team.  It’s not even my primary gig — I have a full-time (and then some) job as a professor at the Wharton School of the ...

McCain's Technology Non-Plan

The McCain technology plan is finally out.  As expected, it’s light on what most of us understand as “technology policy.”  There are many platitudes about the glories of lower taxes and private investment, but little understanding of just how profoundly communications and information technologies are changing our world. The good news, I suppose, is that McCain is finally talking about technology issues which he resolutely ignored for most of the ...

Wireless: Walled Gardens to Walled Markets?

T-Mobile, the #4 US wireless carrier, is moving to an App Store model for all its phones.  In other words, users will be able to choose their own applications, as they now do on Apple’s iPhone.  Along with Google Android/Open Handset Alliance, Verizon’s open development initiative, and the success of Apple’s App Store, this is good news for wireless subscribers in the US.  For too long we’ve been stuck with ...

The New New New New Werblog

I’ve been writing this blog, in one form or another, for more than nine years.  By my count, this is the fifth version of the site.  It’s still a work in progress, but I think it’s solid enough to launch. Please update your RSS feed subscription to the new address.

Further Thoughts on the Comcast Decision

I’ve been following the aftermath of Friday’s FCC decision (PDF of press release) sanctioning Comcast for discriminating against P2P traffic. The public interest community is elated, as it should be. This was indeed a huge and surprising victory against a well-funded incumbent. Kevin Martin went along to serve his own interests, but things only got to this point because Free Press and its allies generated so much political pressure. There ...

The End of Network Neutrality?

Today, the FCC will adopt an order sanctioning Comcast for restricting BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-transfer traffic on its broadband network. It’s a big victory for network neutrality advocates. Although the FCC adopted principles in 2005 and condemned a rural phone company for blocking voice-over-IP traffic, this is its first action against a major broadband provider for limiting Internet access. And it’s coming under a Republican FCC Chairman, Kevin Martin, who pushed ...