Wi-fi, Commons, and Exclusion Costs

Lynne Kiesling One of the main policy questions in our use of radio spectrum is whether or not to manage the spectrum as a commons. Leaving the 802.11 portion of the spectrum as a commons has created a rich network of wireless access points. Some idealists envision being able to traverse the country and have … More Wi-fi, Commons, and Exclusion CostsMore Wi-fi, Commons, and Exclusion Costs

The Democratization of Fashion

Lynne Kiesling Manolo’s recent post about fashion and new media is a superb read, and not just for those of us who care about fashion: Or if you wish to see the same principle at the work in the matter of the housewares look at this, The George Foreman/Michael Graves Grilling Machine. We now wish … More The Democratization of FashionMore The Democratization of Fashion

Demand Response Progress and Challenges

Lynne Kiesling Still here … but have been utterly crushed with work. It is only courtesy of a flight delay at O’Hare that I am writing now. I am headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to give a talk at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research annual conference. My presentation focuses on demand response … More Demand Response Progress and ChallengesMore Demand Response Progress and Challenges

Entertainment, Hockey, and “Market Power”: Comcast and Echostar

Lynne Kiesling I am a hockey fan, and have been since childhood. Because I am from Pittsburgh, it is unimaginable that I would support any team other than the Pittsburgh Penguins, even though I have now lived in Chicago for longer than I lived in Pittsburgh. So I was excited to see that OLN had … More Entertainment, Hockey, and “Market Power”: Comcast and EchostarMore Entertainment, Hockey, and “Market Power”: Comcast and Echostar

Barbecue in Lockhart

Lynne Kiesling Tyler Cowen is making my mouth water for barbecue, and making me think about planning a visit to Lockhart, Texas! Yum! We had much more pedestrian fare in the KP House this weekend — roast chicken (using the recipe in Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris), puréed yams, apple cobbler (with Jonamac apples from … More Barbecue in LockhartMore Barbecue in Lockhart

War of the Words: Google and Amazon

Lynne Kiesling Couple of interesting developments in digital availability of books. Yesterday Google’s release of the beta of Google Print opened many books, particularly ones that are out of copyright (but also ones on which the publishers provided information to Google), for search and online reading. The content provided is the union of the sets … More War of the Words: Google and AmazonMore War of the Words: Google and Amazon

Hot Lanes Coming to the Nation’s Capital

Lynne Kiesling High-occupancy toll, or HOT lanes, may be constructed both on the Beltway and on I-95 south into Virginia. HOT lanes allow carpools to ride without charge, while single drivers can choose to pay a toll and ride in those lanes. My former colleague Bob Poole is one of the pioneers of the HOT … More Hot Lanes Coming to the Nation’s CapitalMore Hot Lanes Coming to the Nation’s Capital