Technology & Telecom

WPC's Technology & Telecom Project focuses on wireless regulations, access to broadband internet, wireline regulatory environment, open source issues, telecom regulations, video franchise reform, technology and privacy issues, and more.

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Four studies show Seattle’s dream of municipal broadband would be a nightmare

June 10, 2015 in Blog

Last month I reported on the push by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to get the city in the Internet-provider business with municipal broadband.  In the effort to move Seattle one step closer to that dream of government-run broadband, Mayor Murray commissioned a study to determine the costs and feasibility of making Seattle the first big city in the nation to treat broadband Internet access as a public utility.

Municipal Broadband in Seattle: A Solution in Search of a Problem

May 5, 2015 in Blog

Activists and elected officials in Seattle are pushing to get the city in the Internet provider business with municipal broadband.  Mayor Ed Murray supports the idea of government-owned and operated broadband networks and has commissioned a study to determine the costs and feasibility of making Seattle the first big city in the nation to treat broadband Internet access as a public ut

Verizon’s brilliant response to net neutrality vote

February 27, 2015 in Blog

Wireless provider Verizon posted a pointed blog yesterday responding to the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to regulate the Internet.

In Washington state, almost one-fourth of wireless phone bills go to taxes

February 23, 2015 in Publications

report by the Tax Foundation ranks Washington as the state with the highest wireless taxes in the nation.  In previous years Washington held steady at the second highest.  Clearly we are moving in the wrong direction.