Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett, a visiting fellow at AEI, has a 30-year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) task group that devised the original Ethernet over twisted pair standard, and has contributed to WiFi standards for 15 years. He was active in the Open Society Foundations; the instigator of RFC 1001; and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab. He has worked for leading applied-research labs, where portions of his work were underwritten by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Bennett also holds four networking patents and is a member of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group. He speaks frequently at network industry gatherings and policy conferences in the US and abroad, and has appeared before Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearings, been cited in FCC submissions, and testified before the California State Legislature and the US Congress. Bennett has published articles and book chapters in the academic and tech press, major newspapers, IEEE Spectrum, and has appeared on radio and television. Additionally, he was appointed to a two-year term on the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority’s Regulatory and Economist Panel. Bennett’s written work on wireless networks and the Internet’s structure and regulation forms a central part of the broadband policy debate, framing often emotional issues on a dispassionate and technically sound basis.

Embracing market-driven progress

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Vox Media’s new acquisition, Ezra Klein, isn’t following the Netroots Nation script that guides The Verge and the other Vox properties. In his interview with the fanciful Susan Crawford, Klein modestly pushed back on some of her most outlandish arguments …More

Gigabit boondoggle unwinds in Chicago

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The state of Illinois gave $2 million to Gigabit Squared to wire the Chicago South Side for ultra high speed broadband, and now they want their money back.  As far as the state can tell, Gigabit Squared has squandered the …More

Things the FCC thinks it knows

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There are the things we know and the things we don’t know. Among the things that we don’t know, there are things we know we don’t know.  Neither the things we know nor the things we know we don’t know …More

Hanging up the telephone network

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The story of the transition from the telephone to the pervasive, broadband Internet as the primary means of electronic communication is one of conflict. Citizens eagerly explore the horizons that the new technologies offer: they are rapidly cutting the cord …More

Netflix and Comcast declare peace

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Netflix and Comcast announced Sunday that they’ve come to terms on an interconnection agreement that they’ve been working out since their CEOs and technical teams met in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show. The details of the deal aren’t …More

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