Bret Swanson is a Visiting Fellow at AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He advises investors and technology companies, focusing on the Internet ecosystem and the broadband networks and applications that drive it. Swanson is also a scholar at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where, since 2005, his research has centered on economic growth and policies that encourage it. For eight years Swanson advised technology investors as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report and later was a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation. Swanson began his career as an aide to former senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and was then an economic analyst for former representative Jack Kemp (R-NY) at Empower America.
talked a lot about the case of “zero rating” or “free data,” the practice of exempting certain content from data allowances on mobile broadband plans. Free data can be thought of like toll-free 800 numbers or even simply as advertising. Early examples are T-Mobile’s Binge On and Verizon’s FreeBee. AT&T and Comcast have similar programs, and Facebook famously offered a mobile plan called Free Basics in India before the government there shut it down.
George Gilder’s Telecosm. This year’s event, in San Francisco, was a chance to see old friends, take stock of how far we’ve come, and, most importantly, look to the future and do our part to help build it.
Sandvine’s latest Internet Phenomena report, which measured traffic in March of 2016, contains two especially interesting findings: first, that cloud storage has become a chief consumer of network capacity; and second, that real-time interactive communication (e.g., video chatting) is finally exploding.