Jonathan Spalter


Broadband Providers Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts

In times of crisis, it’s vitally important that people can communicate with loved ones and emergency responders. That need came into sharp focus again this week as Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma did just a few weeks ago in Florida, knocking out power to millions and leaving neighborhoods submerged or inaccessible because of blocked streets.

Red, White, Blue and Smart: Wireless Gets into the Competitive Spirit

As all eyes descend on Rio, much attention will be paid to Michael Phelps’ return to the pool, gymnast Simone Biles’ quest for all-around Olympic gold and Carmelo Anthony’s pursuit, up and down the courts, of a third trip to the top of the medal stand. Our wireless devices also will get a workout. Mobile data traffic in Rio […]

A Roadmap for Broadband Privacy

  This week, committees in the House and Senate will hold hearings on key technology issues, including the FCC’s proposed privacy rules the agency is seeking to impose on broadband providers. While all will agree about the importance of protecting consumer privacy online, I expect there will be ample debate about the best approach to […]

A Mandate for Unity on Our 5G Future

  With the next generation of wireless networks on the horizon and the global race to trail blaze this next wireless frontier well underway, the Obama Administration is taking decisive, necessary steps to ensure the U.S. remains atop the technology leaderboard. Just this week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed the National Press […]

Free Data Options Open Opportunities for Low-Income Households

Are free data options a good thing for American consumers? I guess it depends on whether you ask consumers or advocates. For some in Washington D.C.’s rarified, digital, public interest policy elite, the very idea that mobile innovators would offer creative new low-cost or no-cost data service to consumers is a bad thing. New free […]

A Uniform Gold Standard for Protecting Consumer Privacy Online

  Last week, the Federal Communications Commissionventured into uncharted territory with a proposed new privacy framework for America’s digital consumers.  Internet users want — and deserve — to know their private information is safe and secure, but we also want – and deserve – privacy regimes that are as smart as the consumers they are […]