Will the Internet Survive as a Commons?

A federal court ruling this week opens up the door to a chilling possibility — that cable and telephone companies might be able to interfere with transmissions of Internet traffic to suit their own business purposes. Paying partners could get "fast lane" service while the rest of us are shunted into "slow lanes." Objectionable transmissions could be interfered with or blocked.

The Power of Using Spectrum "White Space" as Commons

A new report on the unlicensed “white spaces” of the electro-magnetic spectrum makes a point that broadcasters and property-rights ideologues have trouble acknowledging that using spectrum as a commons can be tremendously productive. It can serve important social needs and generate wealth more efficiently than if the spectrum is controlled by companies with exclusive property rights in it.