Dear Mozillians & friends,
A decade ago, the US stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. The world's fastest speeds and low prices left the nation poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy. What happened?
Please join Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford and the Mozilla Policy & Mozilla Ignite teams for a book salon and reception to discuss her new book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. It is the story of how consumers, let down by deregulatory government policies, are losing the fight for affordable, high-speed Internet access in America.
Susan will give a half hour talk followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A, so please bring your questions and your curiosity.
Susan Crawford Book Salon & Reception -- Wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres
Mon., May 13
5:30 - 7:30 PM
SF Office, Common Space and on AirMozilla
>> RSVP to will at mozillafoundation dot org
Susan will have a few copies of her book on hand which she will sign for those who arrive at 5:30.
Please pass along the invitation to friends and champions of broadband outside of Mozilla as well. Look forward to seeing you there!
-- Will Barkis, PhD Project Lead Mozilla Ignite
“Crawford’s book is the most important volume to be released in the last few years that describes the sad — some might say embarrassing – state of the U.S. telecommunications market. Reasonable people can and do disagree about policy solutions, but the facts are not in dispute. … a vivid and eye-opening description of what ails America’s cable and telecom market… it should be required reading for anyone interested in tech policy.” -Sam Gustin, TIME
“Susan Crawford’s new book, Captive Audience, details a host of challenges for the Internet and its users as this network enters middle age… As our Internet grows up, we need to look to the future and figure out ways to make it better. There is a role for activism and advocacy, but also one for our government to promote the public interest by ensuring that every American can participate in a free and fair communications market.” –Tim Karr, The Huffington Post
“Captive Audience held this reader captive from beginning to end. The broad themes make for compelling reading, but the entertainment value is in plots and subplots worthy of a thriller. Crawford also has a flair for making even difficult material understandable. Anyone who can make a page or so of easy reading from something as arcane yet important as telephone pole attachments should be up for a writers’ prize of some sort.” -Michael J. Copps (Former FCC Commissioner), The Nation
Susan Crawford is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a co-director of the Berkman Center at Harvard University. She recently authored Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age (Yale) and is a contributor to Bloomberg View and Wired. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She is a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.