“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.” Who said it?
By Martin Bosworth If you live in an apartment building or condominium, the odds are good that your landlord or owner has locked the building into an exclusive contract with one cable or telecom provider to offer TV services–so if they have an exclusive contract with Comcast and you want DISH TV, you’re shit outta […]
By Martin Bosworth Yesterday the Justice Department filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission opposing the principle of “net neutrality” and urging the FCC not to sanction regulations to protect it. In a report and press statement that sound like they were written by executives from AT&T and Verizon, the DOJ regurgitates telecom talking points […]
By Martin Bosworth One of the big technology news items this week was a cascading series of failures on the front of municipal wireless networks, from Earthlink’s financial troubles causing it to pull back on many of its ambitious Muni WiFi projects, and similar projects stalling out in Chicago and Houston. Naturally, this led pundits–including […]
As an inquisitive person trying to survive life relatively unscathed and to leave the world at least a little better off for my presence, I need answers to two fundamental questions: How does the world work? Why does it work that way? We all struggle, I suppose, with the really big question: What is the […]
By Martin Bosworth If you’re a Comcast subscriber who likes to use your connection for downloading videos, playing games, or anything more intensive than surfing the Web and checking e-mail, watch out–your connection could get restricted or shut off without any notice. My esteemed ConsumerAffairs.Com colleague Joseph Enoch has more: The company has a bandwidth […]
By Martin Bosworth Sirius Satellite Radio posted smaller losses and lower subscriber costs to Wall Street this week, which is about as good as a business that loses millions a year can expect–and that may have helped burnish its image a bit as the company pushes for acceptance of its takeover buyout of merger with […]
By Martin Bosworth Today the FCC set its guidelines for how the newly available wireless spectrum frequencies are to be auctioned. In a nutshell, the FCC agreed that networks built on the new spectrum should enable any device to connect to services built on those networks–which is a win for anyone tired of paying hundreds […]