Category Archives: telecom

Well Connected Project Begins Wiki Issue Portal on Congresspedia

Today, the Well Connected Project of the Center for Public Integrity is excited to launch an issue portal jointly with Congresspedia. This issue portal is a wiki, like Wikipedia, creating a collection of articles on telecom, media and technology policy, in a single location. Anyone can read, write and edit these articles.

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URL: http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/telecomwatch.aspx?eid=2980

Podcast about the Fault Lines in Tech Lobbying

The podcast of my keynote speech at EDUCAUSE, “Mapping the Fault Lines in Telecom, Media and Tech Lobbying,” is now available an online podcast.Here’s the blurb from the event:

The digital convergence of telecommunications, media, and technology is changing the landscape for policy makers and the industries that lobby them, as well as the users of computers, telephones, entertainment and knowledge. The Center for Public Integrity’s Well Connected project tracks each of the major telecom, broadcast, cable, news, entertainment, wireless, and computer companies. Americans can access this free database to see who owns the media and communications networks in their city by typing in their ZIP code. The project is also responsible for a freedom of information lawsuit to obtain data about local broadband deployment from the FCC. This session will address the need for the educational users of computing and communication to be attuned to the lobbying fault lines that affect all of these sectors, with a particular focus on recent developments in telecommunications and intellectual property.

Speaking at EDUCAUSE Policy 2007 Conference

Speaking at EDUCAUSE Policy 2007 Conference

I’ll be keynoting the EDUCAUSE Policy 2007 conference here in Washington next week, speaking about “the fault lines in telecom, media and technology lobbying.”

Here’s the abstract:

The digital convergence of telecommunications, media, and technology is changing the landscape for policy makers and the industries that lobby them, as well as the users of computers, telephones, entertainment and knowledge. The Center for Public Integrity’s Well Connected project tracks each of the major telecom, broadcast, cable, news, entertainment, wireless, and computer companies. Americans can access this free database to see who owns the media and communications networks in their city by typing in their ZIP code. The project is also responsible for a freedom of information lawsuit to obtain data about local broadband deployment from the FCC. This session will address the need for the educational users of computing and communication to be attuned to the lobbying fault lines that affect all of these sectors, with a particular focus on recent developments in telecommunications and intellectual property.

Informatization and Harmony in Chinese Telecommunications

Informatization and Harmony in Chinese Telecommunications

By Drew Clark

HONG KONG, December 8 – In China, there are six big telecommunications carriers, and each of them sought to sell themselves and their companies’ stories at the International Telecommunications Union Telecom World conference here.

Leaders of China’s telecommunications sector viewed the conference – the first time it has been held outside of Geneva, where the ITU is based – as the opportunity to showcase this nation’s rising technological prowess.

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URL: http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/telecomwatch.aspx?eid=2283

Convergence Poses Challenges for Communications Regulators

Convergence Poses Challenges for Communications Regulators

By Drew Clark

HONG KONG, December 5, 2006 – The convergence of telecommunications and media is posing problem for communications regulators all over the world, and many of them swapped stories here about the best way to cope with rapid technological change.

Most government panelists participating in two morning sessions at the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecom World conference here agreed on the need for a unified communications authority.

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URL: http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/telecomwatch.aspx?eid=2255

Global Regulators’ Mixed Message: Compete or Be Regulated

Global Regulators’ Mixed Message to Telecom Companies:
Compete or Be Regulated

By Drew Clark

HONG KONG, December 4, 2006 – Global regulators had a mixed message for the telecommunications industry here on Monday: governments should ease restrictions on companies in the presence of competition – but otherwise tighten them.

At the opening forum at Telecom World 2006, government officials from China, Hong Kong, the European Commission, and International Telecommunications Union delivered a similar message, but with varying degrees of specificity.

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URL: http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/telecomwatch.aspx?eid=2247