I perform policy research on issues like broadband internet, internet economics, internet regulation, cost recovery, radio spectrum, telecom policy, mobile cellular wireless technologies, 5G, regulation, network security, digital business models, rural broadband, universal service, universal connectivity, net neutrality, technology software platforms, and antitrust and competition. I comment in the press and media about technology policy issues. Here is a selected list of articles in the media which feature my work and/or my quotations on current events. Feel free to be in touch for commentary on technology policy issues.
Apparently, the metaverse will run just fine on 5G
A new post from Facebook owner Meta makes a pretty noteworthy claim: "5G infrastructure will allow the metaverse, in time, to deliver AR [augmented reality] mobile experiences of real value to society and there is no evidence that additional investment is required to make this happen." The post, authored by Meta's Kevin Salvadori and Bruno Cendon Martin, represents the latest round in the European debate over "fair share." Basically, European network operators want Big Tech companies like Meta to help pay for their networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, companies like Meta aren't so keen on that idea. "Network fee proposals are based on a false premise," the two Meta executives wrote this week.
Telcos Urge EU to Answer ‘Daring Question’ of OTT Payment for Network Use
Whether telcos have a fair shot at monetizing what happens on their networks is one of the "daring questions" the EU must ask as it looks to the future of European telecom, said Lise Fuhr, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association's director-general, Tuesday at a hybrid Politico debate on the future of connectivity. Addressing the issue is crucial as virtualization and AI make networks smarter and empower many more parts of society, she said.
Even people who don’t watch Netflix are paying
Roslyn Layton, a doctor at Aalborg University in Denmark, asserted this in the ‘domestic and overseas network use video interview with foreign experts on the issue’ of SK Broadband held on the 23rd. Dr. Layton said that the ‘network fee lawsuit between SK Broadband and Netflix’ is attracting attention in the world, and that the global content provider (CP) Netflix’s ‘network free ride’ is being criticized around the world.
Toward An Unhackable Internet
What happens if we can’t access money from the ATM or our credit card? What if hackers take down the US Treasury? Why do we scrupulously protect ourselves in the offline world with locks, rules, borders, police, and armies, but fall short in cyberspace? It takes a former financial regulator and futurist to ask such probing questions.
Urging Need for FCC Action on Universal Service Fund, Expert Says Congress Too Slow
FCC should not ‘wait for Congress to sort through these complex issues. A Broadband Breakfast event panelist doubled down last week on her call for the Federal Communications Commission to unilaterally expand contributions to the Universal Service Fund, despite the commission deciding this summer that any such change should come at the direction of Congress.
Roslyn Layton: Is Netflix Getting a Free Ride on Broadband Networks?
Roslyn Layton joins the podcast this week to talk about broadband networks and whether or not Netflix and other streaming video services are getting a free ride. We review a recent South Korean Court Case that could change the way broadband networks operate globally, analyze President Biden’s broadband plan, and discuss the free-market approach to ensure network investment.
To pay or not to pay ― Netflix, SK enter phase two of legal battle
Netflix and SK Broadband entered into the second phase of the legal battle over the payment of network usage fees after the U.S. streaming giant appealed the court decision last year that sided with the Korean internet provider. The first hearing of the appeals court, brought on by Netflix against the internet company, took place on March 16.
Should 23 Million South Koreans Pay More For Broadband When Only 5 Million View Netflix?
South Korea has emerged as a flashpoint for litigation from Netflix against SK Broadband (SKB), the country’s second largest broadband provider. The country is widely recognized as a world leader in broadband. It ranks first among OECD nations for the percentage of fiber connections in total fixed broadband, 86 percent. Moreover it consistently leads in the International Telecommunication Union’s scoring for broadband access, use, and skills.
SK Broadband should seek compensation from Netflix over network fees: expert
SK Broadband, a major Korean internet service provider (ISP), should seek reimbursement from U.S. streaming giant Netflix for refusing to pay network use fees, a technology policy expert has said. In September, SK Broadband filed a lawsuit against Netflix to demand such fees, saying that Netflix did not come forward for talks even after a local court ruled in June last year that it was "reasonable" for Netflix to provide something in return for the service.
Roslyn Layton, Forbes Contributor, “Netflix OCA cannot be used as a means of avoidance”
Roslyn Layton in Conversation with CSET's Will Hunt
This week, Dr. Roslyn Layton sat down with Will Hunt from Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) where they discussed the importance of the American semiconductor market and the ways in which we can ensure a strong national supply chain policy in the face of increasing national and economic threats.
China Doesn't Have to Fire Missile to Attack America
China has so much leverage over the US that "they don't have to fire a missile at us, or shoot a gun, they can simply hold up the supply chain" to harm the US, said Roslyn Layton, founder of China Tech Threat at CPAC 2020.
Dr Roslyn Layton Discusses the Real Threat Coming from China
In this interview Dr. Roslyn Layton discusses the real threat posed by technology coming from China.