The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Viacom, Time Warner among 2016 merger wannabes

December 31, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Three ways China is finally taking its seat at the world’s table

December 23, 2015
China's President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2nd annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening of the 2nd annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, China, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

from Breakingviews:

Netflix will be recast from ally to villain

December 22, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

Google learns ABCs of conglomerate life

August 11, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

One last chance to save the Internet — from the FCC

February 25, 2015
Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

As the Federal Communications Commission readies new net-neutrality rules this week, congressional Democrats face a choice: Should they work with the Republicans who control Congress to help pass new rules, or should they stay on the sidelines and leave the matter to a volatile regulatory process, subject to possible undoing in the courts?

What does an electronic open-air drug market have to do with bringing down dictators? Everything.

January 26, 2015
An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

Illustration picture shows binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Congressional proposal offers Internet rules of the road

January 14, 2015

A photo-illustration shows an iPhone 5 next to a vintage mobile phone in Vodafone's Oxford Street store during an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the first mobile phone call in the UK, in central London

For the past decade, a debate has raged in Washington and across the country about the best way to protect an open, unfettered Internet. The increasing use of smartphones and web-connected products and services make finding the right answer more important than ever.

If the Internet becomes a public utility, you’ll pay more. Here’s why.

January 6, 2015

An illustration picture shows logos of Google and Yahoo connected with LAN cables in Berlin

The Federal Communications Commission is in the middle of a high-stakes decision that could raise taxes for close to 90 percent of Americans. The commission is considering whether to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and, in doing so, Washington would trigger new taxes and fees at the state and local level.

How to bring North Korea to its cyber-knees

December 23, 2014

North Korean leader Kim gives field guidance at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in this undated photo released by KCNA in Pyongyang

President Barack Obama, during his year-end news conference,  promised a proportional response to North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. “They caused a lot of damage,” Obama said, referring to the theft and exposure of corporate records and private emails. “And we will respond. We will respond proportionally, and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.”

from Jack Shafer:

You can’t build a better Internet out of red tape

November 14, 2014

A NBN Co worker arranges fibre-optic cables used in the National Broadband Network in west Sydney

If the latest installment in the long-running net neutrality debate has rendered you mentally exhausted, allow me to approach the future-of-the-Internet argument from a less draining direction. You needn't worry about mastering such tech and regulatory topics as Title II regulations, peering, and fast lanes.