CITP Luncheon Series: Openness in the Mobile Broadband Ecosystem
Audience:Open to the Public
Center for Information Technology Policy
For the past year, I’ve been serving on the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee (OIAC), and chairing its mobile broadband working group. The OIAC just completed its first annual report.
The report gives an overview of the past year of work from four working groups (economic impacts, mobile broadband, specialized services, and transparency).
In the mobile broadband group, we took on two main tasks: (i) a case study
of AT&T’s limiting usage of Apple’s popular FaceTime video chat application and (ii) a broad analysis of the state of the mobile broadband ecosystem
This talk will discuss the second study, presenting our analysis of the influence many different parties (carriers, device and OS manufacturers, application developers, and network equipment vendors) have on openness for mobile broadband users. The talk will include case studies on the role of App Stores, service agreements between carriers and consumers, the influence of applications that make aggressive use of network resources, and the impact of WiFi offloading.