Seeking Control over Cloud-Computing Infrastructure?

9 03 2009

Quentin Hardy argues that a few big companies are gaining control of big parts of the cloud-computing infrastructure. <;

Obama’s Telecom Policy Roadmap?

9 03 2009

Obama technology advisor Blair Levin predicts that privacy and Network Neutrality will be huge issues for the FCC and the Obama administration. The focus likely will shift of telecom policy away from traditional phone companies to “Internet/edge” players. Levin and his collaborators Rebecca Arbogast and David Kaut suggest that the biggest “sleeper” issue will be privacy. With a major overhaul of healthcare records to the Web, the rise in behavioral advertising and cloud computing, where information is stored in computers strung across many geographies, consumer, business and government advertising will lead to privacy disputes at the FCC and courts.

Levin downplayed the immediate success of Obama’s push for high-speed Internet in every American household. He said the initial $8 billion in stimulus funds for constructing new high-speed Internet
lines and other programs was modest and just a start. The FCC’s mandate in the stimulus plan to come up with a broadband strategy for the country within one year will be “more likely to produce a volley of targeted recommendations than a silver bullet.” Levin added that the FCC probably wouldn’t quickly overhaul a $7 billion phone subsidy program to also include broadband Internet networks. lays_out. html? wprss= posttech

Drawn from David Farber’s blog

Can US leadership in tech survive the meltdown?

8 03 2009

PFC & JDA seek your comments!

Reforming the FCC — Provocative paper and responses

8 03 2009

Record of a conference held by Public Knowledge and Silicon Flatirons 5th January 2009 on the occasion of Phil Weiser’s paper “FCC Reform and the Future of Telecommunications Policy”

Global Adoption of Mobile Phones

8 03 2009

An intriguing paper on the global adoption of mobile phones released by Harvard’s Program on Information Resources Policy.

Kalba, Kas
The Global Adoption and Diffusion of Mobile Phones
[112 pages; December 2008/Research Report]

This report assesses the drivers of mobile phone diffusion and adoption across the world. It addresses demand- and supply-side factors and provides an outlook on the diffusion process going forward, as mobile networks may accommodate 2 or 3 billion more users in addition to today’s 3–4 billion subscribers and users. While offering a general analysis, the report attempts to explain why mobile penetration has been higher in Western Europe than in the United States, in China than in India, and in Eastern Europe than in Latin America. Inputs to the report have included two cross-country databases (compiled by Merrill Lynch and ITU [International Telecommunications Union]), the author’s field studies of mobile adoption in more than twenty countries, and the comments of reviewers of earlier drafts.

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