Recent PostsCTN Issue: December 2016 Thomas Hazlett & Michael Honig, The Price of Freedom: How to Charge for Spectrum as WiFi and Cellular Collide IEEE ComSoc Technology News (Dec. 2016) Al[...]Thomas Hazlett recently reviewed two new volumes on the Information Economy for the International Journal of Economics of Business. Both Martin Campbell-Kelly and Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz, [...]My new research shows that more Internet access funding doesn't help students. And almost all U.S. schools are already online. By Thomas Hazlett 08/23/16 09:27 AM EDT Even during[...]How an early telephone silencer took on AT&T. By Lauren Young via Atlas Obscura It's not unusual today to overhear strangers' intimate phone conversations while comm[...]
Financial Times: How the ‘Walled Garden’ Promotes Innovation, Thomas Hazlett
An intense iPhone buzz sent a high-pitched signal to Apple fanatics early this summer in the US. They hurled themselves into AT&T sales offices and are still giggly with technophile delight. The means by which Apple a computer products company without wireless assets launched the mobile phone of the century illustrates how markets introduce innovation. AT&T was eager to host the iPhone on its mobile network. The carrier extended terms so generous (Apple reputedly keeps all handset revenues and $10 a month per subscriber) that, while Apple’s market capitalisation surged $20bn on iPhone profits buzz, AT&T’s shares barely budged. Full article available at ft.com. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c83365aa-6b96-11dc-863b-0000779fd2ac.html. Also available by [PDF Download] on Prof. Hazlett’s faculty profile.