In his latest column for Fierce Telecom, IIA Co-Chairman David Sutphen writes about how it’s time to embrace the compromise so we can finally move past the net neutrality debate:
The current FCC Order is a thoughtful and sincere effort on the part of Chairman Julius Genachowski to balance a multitude of priorities and sometimes conflicting interests. This is the first real middle-ground solution that will give the Commission the power it needs to preserve a truly open Internet. Anything else would likely have detrimental implications for communities that have been traditionally underserved by broadband technology.
You can read the full column at Fierce Telecom.
This week leaders across the Keystone State are coming together at the 2010 Pennsylvania Broadband Summit to discuss high-speed Internet’s role in getting the state’s economy back on track and the importance of closing the digiital divide. Our Co-Chair David Sutphen has penned an op-ed for The Patriot-News highlighting the discussion.:
Thanks to stimulus grants attained by the commonwealth focused on unserved areas and other grants focused on demand aggregation and the promotion of public computing centers, Pennsylvania will be able to expand broadband access to unserved areas and build demand.
In fact, the president has allocated $7.2 billion of stimulus funds to help bring broadband to rural areas nationwide. While this is a healthy down payment, it’s important that we continue also to focus on private investment to attain the $350 billion the Federal Communications Commission has estimated is needed to get everyone online.
The Internet has enjoyed a decade of unparalleled success, inarguably because of significant private industry investment in a business-friendly environment with minimal regulation.
But there has been concern that actions in Washington could impose an environment of stifling heavy-handed regulation that deters, not facilitates, investment in broadband technology.
Read David’s full op-ed at the Patriot-News.
IIA Co-Chairman David Sutphen has an op-ed for theGrio examining two recent reports from Pew that show suggest when it comes to closing the digital divide America is making progress:
A closer look at the Pew studies reveals that real progress is being made, through home broadband and wireless internet-connected devices, toward closing the digital divide for African-Americans. For example, from 2009 to 2010, the home broadband year-over-year usage rate of African-Americans increased by 22 percent from 46 percent to 56 percent, while the rate for white Americans and Hispanics remained largely steady. As a result, what was a 19 percent gap (whites 65 percent/African-Americans 46 percent) between white and African American home broadband rates in 2009, has dropped to an 11 percent gap (whites 67 percent/ African-Americans 56 percent) in one year. Moreover, Pew found that African Americans “lead the way” over whites and Hispanics in connecting to the internet through mobile handheld devices, and rank #1 when it comes to wireless data application usage.
Check out David’s full piece at theGrio.
In an op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News, Larry Downes of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society defends exempting wireless from proposed net neutrality rules:
Why the distinction? As anyone with a smartphone knows, wireless broadband access is seriously constrained by overburdened cellular networks.
There are ways to increase the speed and reliability of cellular networks, but they require a combination of new technologies, additional spectrum allocation and the cooperation of local communities, many of whom resist additional towers and other infrastructure.
So for now a growing consensus of Internet service and content providers acknowledges that wireless network operators need flexibility. To ensure service to all customers, for example, some wireless broadband users may not be able to use cell phones to transfer large files or watch high-definition videos.
In his latest column for Fierce Telecom, IIA Co-Chairman David Sutphen encourages everyone to make their voice heard about the FCC’s proposal to regulate the Internet under Title II:
At the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), we believe applying old regulations to new technologies merely because it seems legally viable will not solve current market realities, no matter how well they are implemented or how much the Commission promises to forbear.
Comments to the FCC on this latest flavor of net neutrality are due this Thursday, July 15. In our response to the NOI, the IIA will urge the Commission to show regulatory restraint. If you have an interest in the future of the Internet, we encourage you to weigh in and submit your own response here.
Read the full column at Fierce Telecom.
In his latest column for Fierce Telecom, IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman writes about the “Four Pillars for Broadband Policy” and the negative effect the FCC’s proposed regulations could have on the National Broadband Plan:
While the FCC has demonstrated wisdom and vision in much of the 384-page national broadband policy it issued two months ago, our confidence in their sincere promises to forbear from imposing new regulations does not warrant blind support for the regulatory blank check they seek. Over time, regulators almost always use all of the powers they are given and then some. Better to let Congress narrowly prescribe such authorities when and as they are necessitated by market failures and actual situations “on the ground.”
If we are ever to reach 100 percent broadband penetration—an important goal of the Obama Administration that we wholeheartedly share—we will need to ensure maximum investment, innovation and competition across access platforms. The optimal environment for such outcomes would have narrowly-tailored regulations targeted at specific problems rather than sweeping rules for problems that do not exist. The FCC’s so-called “third way” is the wrong way. The application of these archaic rules will bring uncertainty to the market, stifling Internet investment and innovation.
You can read the entire column at Fierce Telecom.