Bio for Susan Crawford
Let Cities Build Better Internet-Access Networks
April 18, 2013 | 17 CommentsLast month, a majority of the Georgia House of Representatives voted against a proposal that would have barred cities from investing in their own Internet- access networks. The bill failed because Georgia municipalities, businesses and minority advocates want Internet access that’s faster and less expensive than what commercial providers now offer them.
Unlock Phones So People Can Use Public Airwaves
March 24, 2013 | 27 CommentsWhat if, when you bought a new television, you had to decide which electrical network you’d like to use it on. That is essentially the problem most Americans face whenever they buy a mobile phone.
Wireless Competition That AT&T and Verizon Need
March 07, 2013 | 11 CommentsTantalizing reports that Americans might soon be getting free nationwide wireless Internet access, courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission, have turned out to be exaggerated. But wouldn’t we all welcome mobile connectivity at a reasonable price? The FCC should take steps to make that possible through competition in the wireless marketplace.
How to Give the U.S. Ultrafast Internet
January 23, 2013 | 34 CommentsJulius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, made an important speech last week calling for at least one “gigabit city” in all 50 states by 2015. For the U.S. to maintain its leadership in innovation, he said, a critical mass of communities must have networks capable of ultrahigh Internet-access speeds.
U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service
December 27, 2012 | No commentsTerry Huval is a large, friendly man with a lilting Southern accent who plays Cajun fiddle tunes in his spare time. He is also the director of utilities in Lafayette, Louisiana. “Our job is making sure we listen to our citizens,” he says.