Posts about Telecoms

Last year, in the context of the EU Telecom Review, I wrote extensively on the issue of "substitutable" telecom services. The EU wanted to assess which online services could be functional substitutes to phone and messaging services and how to regulate them. The topic is far from dead (and has recently been addressed in the context of national security snooping) but I wanted to tackle here a subset of that topic that is often overlooked and seems to me of increasing importance ...
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These days I travel by plane a lot, but I didn’t travel much in the pre-deregulation (before 1978) glory days of airlines. My parents, relatives and neighbors rarely flew, mostly because air travel was very expensive.At the same time, most people felt that flying was a good experience, where people dressed up, seats were spacious and meals were included.With deregulation came ...


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You may or may not take your high-speed fiber connection for granted, depending on how much trouble it took to get it. If you look behind the curtain, local and long haul fiber optic connections are run in some pretty predictable places, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Knowing where and how your high speed connections are routed can provide insight both into the nature of the arcane business of rights-of-way and (more importantly) the ability to be aware of when and how service can be interrupted.
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