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.

Publications

The Emergence of the Digital Precautionary Principle

May 27, 2011 in Publications

Introduction: From Laws toward Codes

Washington's Wireless Telecommunications Tax Rate is Discriminatory, Second Highest in Nation

March 8, 2011 in Publications

As more and more Americans increase their personal and business presence online, many of those folks are utilizing mobile phone technology, rather than traditional computing devices such as desktops and laptops, to do so.

Unfortunately, citizens and businesses in Washington state are having to pay more for using their mobile phones, even as their reliance on their handheld devices grows stronger.

Prepared Remarks for FCC Open Internet Workshop in Seattle

May 6, 2010 in Publications

Carl Gipson presented these prepared remarks on a panel at the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Workshop in Seattle on April 28, 2010. They have been edited slightly for clarity.

Aspects of FCC's plan for broadband could have serious consequences for our recovering economy

April 17, 2010 in Publications

This op-ed appeared April 6, 2010, on The Hill.

Net Neutrality: Don't Subject the Internet to Politicians and Bureaucracies

October 17, 2009 in Publications

This op-ed appeared in The Seattle Times October 20, 2009.

Four years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory statement that laid out four principles of Internet network management.

Restrict VOIP Regulations to Federal Standards

February 7, 2009 in Publications

We live in a world where leaps in technology happen on a regular basis. One of the latest jumps is technology that lets telephone users make calls over the internet. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allows a person to talk to anyone in the world for a fraction of the cost of a traditional long distance call.

RFID: Balancing Technology and Privacy

January 6, 2009 in Publications

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, developed over twenty years ago, have become a well‐used tool in many different industries. Acting as a next‐generation bar code, an RFID system consists of a small microchip and an antenna placed on a product that sends information a short distance via radio waves. Similar to a bar code, the RFID chip holds inventory information related to the product to which it is attached. An RFID‐tagged product can be easily tracked as it moves through the various stages of commerce; but the distance the information is transmitted varies from direct contact to no more than several feet, which helps control who gets access to the data on the tag.

The Fallacy of Network Neutrality

October 2, 2008 in Publications

A government policy of “Network Neutrality” would force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, to treat all content that goes across their online networks as the same. Consumer groups are pushing for a net-neutrality law that would ban ISPs from prioritizing data streams or charging more for faster Internet service. The issue is at the heart of a debate on how people share information with each other over the Internet in ways that may disproportionately consume available bandwidth.

RFID: Balancing Technology and Privacy

March 1, 2008 in Publications

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, developed over twenty years ago, have become a well-used tool in many different industries. Acting as a next-generation bar code, an RFID system consists of a small microchip and an antenna placed on a product that sends information a short distance via radio waves. Similar to a bar code, the RFID chip holds inventory information related to the product to which it is attached. An RFID-tagged product can be easily tracked as it moves through the various stages of commerce; but the distance the information is transmitted varies from direct contact to several feet, which helps control who gets access to the data on the tag.

Learning Online: An Assessment of Online Public Education Programs

March 1, 2008 in Publications

In May 2005, the legislature unanimously passed SB 5828, a bill to allow public school districts to teach students through online learning programs, and to allow those students to receive their share of state educational funding. The vote on passage was 97 to zero in the House and 41 to zero in the Senate. Governor Gregoire signed the bill on May 10th. During committee hearings, the Washington Education Association (WEA), the state’s powerful teachers’ union, testified in favor of the bill, as did the Christian Homeschool Network.