Special Reports

Special Access (or BDS) Regulations

A lot has changed since 1996. But one thing that hasn’t changed are so-called “Special Access” or Business Data Services (BDS) regulations. Below is a collection of IIA’s work on Special Access/BDSs and how the FCC should take a smart and sensible approach when it comes to regulations.

Statements From IIA Leadership on Tech Policy Moving Forward

From Congressman Boucher: “The first order of business for the new FCC should be a return to the bi-partisan light regulatory oversight of broadband launched during the Clinton administration. The decision to treat broadband as an information service unleashed a wave of investment in internet infrastructure that enabled our communications network to become the envy... Read more »

Op-eds The Hill

Op-eds The Hill

America’s Investment Heroes are Going it Alone

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 headline number is that the... Read more »

Mehlman on the FCC and Regulating Nearly Obsolete Technology

Originally published at The Street. FCC’s Rush to Regulate Nearly Obsolete Technology Hurts Broadband by Bruce Mehlman When does deregulation become re-regulation? To watch this happen in real time, take a close look at the Federal Communications Commission, which is poised to re-impose price regulation on a market for a nearly obsolete technology at its... Read more »

Rick Boucher on the FCC’s New Privacy Rules

The FCC’s new privacy rules board up the windows while leaving the doors unlocked. Rather than expanding the definition of sensitive data to include all web browsing and app usage history, the FCC should adopt the FTC’s more sensible framework as the privacy requirements for ISPs so the entire internet ecosystem is governed by the... Read more »

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 »