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Jennifer Rexford – Openness in the Mobile Broadband Ecosystem

Thursday, October 24, 2013
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Streaming Live:
Food and discussion begins at 12:30 pm. Everyone invited.

For the past year, I’ve been serving on the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee (OIAC), and chairing its mobile broadband working group. The OIAC just completed its first annual report.

The report gives an overview of the past year of work from four working groups (economic impacts, mobile broadband, specialized services, and transparency).

In the mobile broadband group, we took on two main tasks: (i) a case study of AT&T’s limiting usage of Apple’s popular FaceTime video chat application and (ii) a broad analysis of the state of the mobile broadband ecosystem

This talk will discuss the second study, presenting our analysis of the influence many different parties (carriers, device and OS manufacturers, application developers, and network equipment vendors) have on openness for mobile broadband users. The talk will include case studies on the role of App Stores, service agreements between carriers and consumers, the influence of applications that make aggressive use of network resources, and the impact of WiFi offloading.


Professor Rexford, who came to Princeton in 2005 after eight and a half years at AT&T Research, is interested in Internet policy and Internet governance, stemming from her longstanding research on computer networks. She co-chairs the Secure BGP Deployment working group of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, and chairs the Mobile Broadband working group of the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. Collaborating with a multi-institution group of colleagues, she has published papers on “Risking communications security: Potential hazards of the Protect America Act” (IEEE Security and Privacy) and “Can it really work? Problems with Extending EINSTEIN 3 to critical infrastructure” (Harvard Law School’s National Security Journal).