Michael Giberson Last year thousands of Florida consumers called the state to complain about price gouging on gasoline after Hurricane Ike. This year, hoteliers, gas stations, and other business owners are saying they are being price gouged by the Florida Department of Transportation. The issue: the fee the state charges business owners who wish to … More Is Florida agency price gouging or just charging what the market will bear?
Lynne Kiesling My colleague Shane Greenstein does very interesting work on industrial organization and networks in Internet-related industries. These insights also bubble up when he is reflecting on his personal experience in his recent family holiday travels, as related on his blog. Here he relates what they found on their recent travels to northern Wyoming, … More Shane Greenstein on remote connectivity
Lynne Kiesling Even if it doesn’t end up being the disruptive innovation that these articles suggest, Verizon’s MiFI personal wifi hotspot device makes my little Schumpeterian heart go pitter-pat. Released yesterday, the Verizon MiFi (device by Novatel) is a credit-card sized 3G wireless router that can provide wireless Internet connection for up to 5 devices. … More Perennial gale of creative destruction, personal wireless division
Lynne Kiesling I am happy to have seen more nuanced net neutrality discussions this fall than in the past. In November this Eric Raymond post caught my eye because it dealt with the problems a libertarian faces in net neutrality policy: Mistake #1 for libertarians to avoid is falling for the telcos’ “we’re pro-free market” … More More nuanced net neutrality discussions
Lynne Kiesling Courtesy of Slashdot, and following up on Mike’s spectrum auction post from earlier this month, the 700 MHz spectrum auction has come to a close. From the New York Times blog post mentioned in the Slashdot article: The winning bids totaled $19,592,420,000. That’s nearly double the amount the commission had hoped to raise … More FCC spectrum auction ends … More FCC spectrum auction ends
Michael Giberson David Pogue in the New York Times: I can’t tell you how huge this is going to be. There will be thousands of iPhone programs, covering every possible interest. The iPhone will be valuable for far more than simple communications tasks; it will be the first widespread pocket desktop computer. You’re witnessing the … More “The first widespread pocket desktop computer” … More “The first widespread pocket desktop computer”
Lynne Kiesling The palpable buzz around the release of the iPhone last year was exciting, and indicated some of the great design and functionality we can expect from mobile phones in the future (even if I won’t get one yet because I won’t give AT&T my business, and I haven’t seen a local vendor selling … More IP rights and complementary products: the economics of Apple’s iPhone SDK … More IP rights and complementary products: the economics of Apple’s iPhone SDK
Michael Giberson If you, like me, were looking forward to the FCC’s auction of prime 700 MHz wireless spectrum — and frankly who wouldn’t be interested in seeing how the FCC’s new hierarchical package bidding rules worked out in the C-block auction — you may have noticed the distinct lack of news on the topic … More Whatever happened to the FCC’s big spectrum auction? … More Whatever happened to the FCC’s big spectrum auction?
Michael Giberson Over 200 companies have qualified to participate in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction. While that sounds like enough to create a lot of competition, as the auction approaches FCC chairman Kevin Martin is beginning to sound a little nervous. Yesterday he expressed concern that problems in the credit markets and general economic conditions … More Pre-auction jitters at the FCC … More Pre-auction jitters at the FCC
Michael Giberson I was wrong a few weeks ago when I wrote, “While the FCC has sponsored research and considered deployment [of package bidding and combinatorial auctions], so far they have been dissuaded by the complexity of the auction design and opposition from commenters.” The FCC has tried package bidding once before, in 2003, when … More Package bidding auction design for the FCC’s upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction … More Package bidding auction design for the FCC’s upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction