Zero Issues with Zero-Rating

Continuing his fast action upon assuming the Acting Chairmanship, last Friday FCC Chairman Ajit Pai put to rest one of the oddest and most curious theories of the old Commission: the idea that giving something to consumers for free is somehow anti-competitive.

The Pro-Consumer Data Free-For-All

The Hill

It’s actually pretty easy to understand sponsored-data programs: In essence, wireless carriers are working with content providers, who have a clear interest in promoting their own content. It seems little different than any other marketing program, whether a fast-food chain promoting a new movie or matching a competitor’s coupons at...

Leaving Rural America Behind

Bloomberg BNA

The FCC’s plan will impose price regulation on certain aspects of the BDS market and threaten it for others. The question that concerns me is whether the FCC’s action will make that investment easier or harder.

America’s Investment Heroes are Going it Alone

The Hill

If there has been one constant in my observations of the telecom industry, it is this: Policies that lead to regulatory uncertainty will deter investment. Now, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) is out with its fifth annual report on investment in the U.S., and the news is not good. The...

When Privacy Regulation Could Do More Harm Than Good

Morning Consult

Once again, the Federal Communications Commission is about to take major action affecting the internet, right before an election and without sufficient consideration of its impact. This time, the issue is consumers’ privacy on the internet. Back in April, with the goal of protecting user privacy, the FCC launched a...

The Regression Investment Depression

Morning Consult

While most of us were on vacation this summer, the Federal Communications Commission concluded its latest comment period in the long, ongoing saga of business data services regulation. The agency economists have published more than 100 analytical regressions in the past several months that try to show that competition has...