Technology & IP

June 23rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Broadband access has brought amazing benefits to individuals, families and small businesses. Of course, challenges still persist, for example the lack of access in rural America, and on June 22, House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade held the first of an expected series of hearings focused on the […]

June 23rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Access to quality broadband is critical to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  And if we want entrepreneurship to flourish wherever opportunity may present itself, then broadband deployment must be a priority in rural America and other pockets of the country where there is no, or limited, access. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal […]

June 20th, 2017 by

THE SLANTS win their case, and entrepreneurs win too by Raymond J. Keating- If you deal with the public, chances are these days that you – whether intending to or not – will somehow offend someone. Businesses and individuals now operate in the era of the easily offended. Indeed, so pervasive is the ability to […]

May 12th, 2017 by

By Karen Kerrigan- On May 8th, fourteen female United States Senators signed a letter addressed to Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai that essentially expressed opposition to his announcement to reform excessive regulations on broadband service and the internet. They claim Chairman Pai’s initiative would have a negative impact on women-owned businesses across the […]

April 25th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- World IP Day is April 26th. As the World Intellectual Property Organization points out: “Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.” Small Business and IP From a small business perspective, […]

April 19th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When discussing broadband services and public policy, it’s apparently too much to expect that a basic understanding of economics and markets will provide a foundation from which to proceed. That was most recently evident in a New York Times op-ed written by Susan Crawford, a law professor at Harvard, which amounts […]

April 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Under its previous chairman, Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) managed to find, or more accurately, seemed to manufacture reasons to regulate the broadband industry. Of course, this effort stood in stark contrast to the realities of robust innovation and competition that have blossomed and spread throughout the broadband market […]

February 28th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Somehow, more government regulation of the Internet is good for small business? Really? Well, in effect, that’s the latest assertion from a contributor over at The article tries to gin up still more, baseless net-neutrality fears because the new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, actually understands how the market works – […]

February 17th, 2017 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Small businesses and entrepreneurs got some very good news earlier this month with the U.S. Chamber’s publication of its international rankings of intellectual property systems titled The Roots of Innovation: U.S. Chamber International IP Index. The Index ranks the 45 economies representing roughly 90 percent of global GDP […]

February 10th, 2017 by

“Federal regulations have a disproportionate effect on small businesses — businesses that are often the linchpin of a more competitive marketplace and that don’t necessarily have compliance resources. Accordingly, I believe the FCC should be sensitive to the impact regulations can have on such businesses.” – Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, January 27, 2017 […]

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