James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

FRED WILSON: The Net Neutrality Decision Will Be A 'Nightmare' For New Startups

With "net neutrality" no more after a federal appeals court ruling on Tuesday, one prominent venture capitalist believes the decision will be a nightmare for startups entering the marketplace. Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist with New York-based Union Square Ventures, frames the decision — which could allow internet service providers to charge more or restrict access to certain content on the web — as David vs. Goliath for startups of the future facing off against well-established tech giants.
"With yesterday's court ruling saying that the FCC can not implement the net neutrality rules they adopted a while back, this nightmare is a likely reality," Wilson wrote on his blog. "Telcos will pick their preferred partners, subsidize the data costs for those apps, and make it much harder for new entrants to compete with the incumbents."