David Goldman at CNN correctly pointed out in February that America is running out of the wireless spectrum needed to fuel our growing use of high-speed wireless Internet. He suggests next year we'll go from spectrum surplus to spectrum deficit. Unfortunately, in recent years the FCC has impeded wireless operators from getting the spectrum they need to serve us, the American public.
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As Internet commerce grows, so too does the frustration of state sales tax collectors. Yet, interstate retail commerce has only grown since 1992, and the growth of Amazon.com in particular has attracted scrutiny from state politicians.
Twin bills in the House and Senate purport to protect American copyright and trademark holders from foreign infringers, but in practice create an unprecedented system of censorship of the Internet in America. This wrong-headed approach is contained in Patrick Leahy's Senate bill 98, the PROTECT IP Act, and its counterpart: Lamar Smith's House resolution 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
Collective defense is always a tough balancing act for Americans to resolve. The Soviet Union never had to worry about property rights when planning for nuclear war. Communist China will stop whatever movement necessary to preserve order at home. Even the British are ready to make any arrests deemed necessary in the event of an attack.
"Buyer beware" started out as a legal doctrine, but has turned into good advice. When purchasing wireless phone and Internet service, we should be careful about what we get. But sometimes online we go too far, and we make mountains of molehills as we light our torches and raise our pitchforks against the outrage of the week. Here's how to generate the next great phone privacy scare:
A common thread in a few communications policy debates today is the scarcity of spectrum in America. Whether discussing the possible merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, or the issues surrounding LightSquared and GPS systems, spectrum is a term that pops up repeatedly.
The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) --- a bill currently before the House Judiciary Committee --- is a threat to America's ability to lead the Internet, and must be defeated before it has a chance to damage America's ability to generate jobs and economic growth online.