Fractals of Change: May 2011

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15 posts from May 2011

May 31, 2011

Keeping a Moving Boatload of Devices Online

Problem: How can Americans stay online for three weeks on a canal boat in Southern France?

One answer: MiFi from Xcom Global.

I usually spend much too much of my travel time trying to stay connected. More...

May 25, 2011

States Should Deregulate ALL Phone Services – Not Regulate New Ones

The Vermont Public Service Department is urging the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) to regulate Voice over IP (VoIP) services offered by Comcast as it does POTS – Plain Old Phone Service. According to James Porter, telecommunications director for the Public Service Department as More...

May 23, 2011

Planning for the Ugly End of the Phone Network

Consumers are who have a choice are quickly deciding they don't need the old copper-based phone network, often known as POTS for Plain Old Telephone Service. We use our cellphones for talking even when we're not mobile. The cell phones have built in phone directories, easy ways to return More...

May 19, 2011

Stowe Electric Brings Fiber to the Mountain

The Nose on top of Mt. Mansfield bristles with communication towers (don't worry; it's still beautiful). Television stations reach much of the state from its highest mountain. Emergency services depend on transmission facilities there. Keeping reliable power flowing to this subarctic (re More...

May 17, 2011

The Free Market Needs Government to Function

This post is my response to a brilliant commentary by Bill Schubart, most but not all of which I agree with. You can read his original at The Free Market: An Enduring Myth (Guest More...

May 16, 2011

The Free Market: An Enduring Myth (Guest Post by Bill Schubart)

This commentary by my friend Bill Schubart originally aired on Vermont Public Radio (you can hear it here).I asked permission to post it here both because I admire the thinking and so I can continue the disc More...

May 13, 2011

The Ugly End of the Phone Network

I was a little early. "By the end of President Obama's first term, there won't be any more copper landlines left in the country, I blogged just after Obama had been elected. Before that I'd prophesized the end o More...

May 11, 2011

Dems Call GOP Bluff on Oil Subsidies, Deficit

In his 2012 budget plan, President Obama proposed taking tax subsidies away from oil and using the money to subsidize "renewables". Further subsidies for the renewable energy industry would have been relatively easy for Republicans to vote against. But now Democratic Senators Robert Men More...

May 10, 2011

Pulse Interviews Me on MSFT Skype Deal

Got a Facebook message this morning asking me to appear on the Pulse in 30 minutes to discuss Microsoft and Skype. Quickly put a shirt on and did the interview, appropriately, on Skype running on my Windows 7 PC.



“Government Economic Development Program” is an Oxymoron

"I can't believe I'm hearing that from a Republican," said Ann Cummings (D - Montpelier), Chair of the Finance Committee of the Vermont Senate.

"As I said, Madame Chair, I'm speaking only for myself," I responded; "grants and loans from the government More...

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