The Big Squeeze: Monopolies in Wired and Wireless Access

Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo Law School co-led the FCC Agency Review team for the Obama-Biden transition, and served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. As an academic, she teaches internet law and communications law. She is a member of the boards of Public Knowledge and TPRC. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010), World Technology Network Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011).

Susan gave a compelling presentation at eComm on Tuesday (June 28, 2011) with the title above based on her forthcoming book (which I can’t wait to read). The quote below is from a highlight brief on the presentation. I had the pleasure of meeting Susan at the conference where we agreed that the situation in Canada is in fact even worse than the crisis in the US. Susan reflected on Canada in her blog post today:

Say you were Canadian

Now or very soon, most Americans will have a single provider of wired high-speed data (at data rates that people around the world increasingly demand) to each community; thus, in each metropolitan area, wired access to information, entertainment, news, and communication will be controlled by a single actor. That actor, the local cable monopoly, is, at the moment, unconstrained by real competition or oversight, and benefits from overwhelming economies of scale. (Foreshadowing: wireless access won’t save us.)

Alberta Technology continues to express concern for the continued decline of Canadian broadband services, infrastructure and complete lack of political initiative and policy to address it.

It’s a year ago next week I attended Industry Canada’s national roadshow on Canada’s National Broadband Policy , which appears to have gone absolutely nowhere??

The current government recently received a new four year mandate, it’s time for Canadians to get proactive on a 21st century strategy. Christian Paradis, are you out there?

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