Category Archives: Economy

#Broadband infrastructure: So far I don’t see Congressional Republicans riding to Trump’s rescue

The markets took a beating yesterday; a one percent correction that even saw broadband stocks like Comcast (-1.09%), T-Mobile (-1.01%), and Sprint (-1.74%) take a hit. Ironically, while Verizon and AT&T were down also, (-.42% and -.75%, respectively), their decreases … Continue reading

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How do I take care of myself when government says I shouldn’t?

Yesterday I saw Nancy Pelosi on television giving the press her response to Republican efforts to significantly amend the Affordable Care Act. I zoned out as she attempted to describe the benefits some Americans would lose should the Republicans have … Continue reading

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Investing in reliability benefits shareholders and ratepayers alike

Growing up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I could give you some tales about the reliability of our electricity grid. Blackouts were monthly, unannounced, unexpected. They could last through the night and when power came back on, one kept their … Continue reading

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American government was never designed to help blacks

The emotional responses by black Americans to media’s depiction of Donald Trump is getting annoying. Black Americans drank a lot of the symbolism in the Obama Kool-Aid in the last eight years, so much so that using a portrait of … Continue reading

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Is it time for the Democratic version of the Tea Party?

CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s April 2009 rant regarding proposed stimulus spending by the Obama administration contributed to the birth of the Tea Party, that fringe element of the Republican Party that advocated for less government interference in the markets, reduced government … Continue reading

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Trump’s cabinet appointments are a bitch slap to the face of the State

American democracy allows entrepreneurs and traders to balance the power held by the “strongman” or “the State” against the power held by the masses. Entrepreneurs and traders want as much unimpeded access to capital that the United States has to … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico, U.S.V.I. could benefit from zero rating

Two of the United States’ insular territories in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, could benefit from wireless companies using zero rating policies. Think of zero rating as the “1-800 number” business model for 21st century broadband. … Continue reading

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Jobs report: Full employment, political capital, & inflationary pressure

At 4.6%, the unemployment rate is no reason for doing a victory dance, not when you consider the continuing decrease in the number of people in the labor force. This includes not only those who are employed, but the unemployed … Continue reading

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What might Wilbur Ross mean for telecommunications?

Wilbur Ross, founder of private equity firm W.L. Ross & Co., has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump for the position of secretary of commerce. According to 40 USC Section 1512, the Department of Commerce is to “foster, promote, and … Continue reading

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First Blush: Trump’s independence key to reducing regulations

Pundits expected the Republican Party to implode, but with the Democratic Party’s failure to craft a message that appealed to working poor and rural whites, it is the Democratic brand that is now under serious fire. This failure to connect … Continue reading

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