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.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

China signals a doubling down on cybercontrol

Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized in a speech this week that it was his country's right to control the Internet landscape within its borders — and he will not entertain any criticism on the subject.
Meanwhile, that control over Internet content was on on display as Chinese prosecutors tried civil rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang for seven microblog posts he wrote between 2011 and 2014. While Western observers may decry the apparent crackdown, Xi's Wednesday address at the Beijing-sponsored World Internet Conference left little doubt that he would not be swayed by outside criticism.