Op-eds Forbes

Op-eds Forbes

Potholes Of Uncertainty Slow Building Of America’s Broadband Infrastructure

The FCC would be well advised to take a current assessment of the tremendous growth of competition in the BDS market, with cable companies now investing at a faster pace than traditional incumbents. The FCC began the BDS inquiry by noting, “First, competition is best.” They should have stopped right there. They still can by listening to the providers, incumbents...

Op-eds Morning Consult

Op-eds Morning Consult

When Privacy Regulation Could Do More Harm Than Good

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 rulemaking proposing severe new restrictions... Read more »

Boucher on Privacy

IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher — who has long been involved in online privacy — has an op-ed on the FCC’s latest privacy direction in Morning Consult. An excerpt: Chairman Tom Wheeler now claims that his revised proposal tracks the Federal Trade Commission’s existing privacy framework, which governs the conduct of internet edge providers, such... Read more »

A Quote from One of the Earliest Champions of Privacy

“Consumer data is inconsistently protected when it’s not allowed to be used in certain ways by some companies but is permitted to be used in the same ways by others. In line with the FTC’s model, which applies to Internet edge providers, the FCC should develop an approach to privacy for ISPs with the level... Read more »

A Better Path for Privacy

With the FCC set to vote on its privacy order later this month, it’s worth examining how the Commission’s latest approach — which would greatly expand the definition of “sensitive data” and for the first time make web browsing “opt-in” for consumers — still risks harming the entire internet ecosystem. Yes, the current course FCC... Read more »

The Investment Mixed Bag

The Progressive Policy Institute has released its annual “Investment Heroes” report on the top 25 companies putting dollars in America, and once again the telecom/cable sector topped the list with a combined capex investment of more than $48 billion. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that investment from the telecom/cable sector was actually... Read more »

Op-eds Investor’s Business Daily

Op-eds Investor’s Business Daily

When A Compromise Isn’t — The Future Of Business Data Services

by Bruce Mehlman Trade association INCOMPAS, which represents competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), and Verizon have been working together to “negotiate” a deal with the Federal Communications Commission. Although the terms may make perfect sense for them, they’re bad for the actual deployment and adoption of broadband infrastructure and, namely, the future of business data services (BDS). Some are currently...

Response to FCC Chairman Wheeler

Earlier today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released the summary of his intended regulation of Business Data Services (BDS). Here is IIA’s response: Today, we witness, with great disappointment, the FCC Chairman’s plan to re-regulate all copper-based legacy business data services throughout the nation. We fear that American businesses and consumers will ultimately be ill-served by... Read more »

Press Releases

IIA Statement on FCC’s Intended Regulation of Business Data Services

FCC Chairman Wheeler today released the summary on his intended regulation of Business Data Services. Here is IIA’s response: Today, we witness, with great disappointment, the FCC Chairman’s plan to re-regulate all copper-based legacy business data services throughout the nation. We fear that American businesses and consumers will ultimately be ill-served by an expert agency that ignores record evidence of...

A False Compromise

Our Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman has a piece in Investor’s Business Daily on Verizon, the FCC, and the current business data services discussion. An excerpt: Trade association INCOMPAS, which represents competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), and Verizon have been working together to “negotiate” a deal with the Federal Communications Commission. Although the terms may make perfect... Read more »