Technology (September 2009)

Spectrum: oxygen of wireless world

To understand that the mobile industry is at a pivotal moment, walk into a provider’s store and look at the handsets on display. It’s difficult to find one that doesn’t tout its ability to access the Web, testimony to the fact that we are transitioning to a world of ubiquitous, mobile Internet access. As part of this shifting landscape, wireless devices are becoming more than just phones — they are becoming pocket computers. This is a great for consumers.

FCC broadband plan appears off to great start

We live in a great moment in American history — a moment that will define our country in the 21st century as surely as the transcontinental railroad, the telephone, rural electrification and interstate highways did in centuries past. We live in a great moment in our history because we are undertaking the next great infrastructure challenge to our nation — the building of a broadband network that has the potential to improve the quality of life of all Americans.

After all of these years, antitrust law relevant in age of high-tech economy

In the last couple of decades, the vibrant high-tech sector has been the engine driving economic growth, innovation, and new and exciting consumer products. These industries have reshaped the way we communicate, consume news and entertainment, and shop for everything from airline tickets to automobiles; and they have shattered a myriad of previously accepted business models. At the same time, it seems that nearly every day we read about new challenges to competition affecting high-tech markets, whether coming from a merger among high-tech firms, consumers facing increases in their cell phone or cable TV bills, or debate about the need for “net neutrality” regulations protecting consumer access to content on the Internet.

Four principles to harness benefits of advancements

We are privileged to live in an age when rapid technology advancements are impacting nearly every facet of our society and improving our daily lives. Harnessing the benefits of advancing technology requires that we keep sight of four guiding principles. These are standards by which I develop, amend, or pass legislation, and ultimately set policies as the Senior Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Building an innovation economy

As the chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, I have a front-row seat when it comes to our technological advancement. But of all the amazing things we can build, the thing we are most in need of right now is a stronger economy. Fortunately, the advancement of technology and the rebuilding of our economy can go hand in hand.

What you don’t know about Web privacy

Information is power and we are living in the information age. This has never been clearer than on the Internet. The Internet has become so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that we have started to presume a certain level of privacy that may not exist.

Behavioral ads: The need for privacy protection

Broadband networks are a primary driver of the national economy, and it is fundamentally in the nation’s interest to encourage their expanded use. One clear way Congress can promote greater use of the Internet for access to information, e-commerce and entertainment is to assure Internet users a high degree of privacy protection, including transparency about the collection, use and sharing of information about them and to give them control over that collection, use and sharing.