40 Years of Smart Policy & the FCC’s About-Face

Tomorrow is the 40-year anniversary of the Internet Age. On August 27, 1976, scientists from SRI International successfully sent an electronic message from a computer set up at a picnic table at a Portola Valley, California biker bar, to SRI and on through the ARPANET network to Boston. While the U.S. has seen nearly 40... Read more »

ICYMI: IIA’s BDS Reply Comments

We recently submitted Reply Comments to the FCC’s proposed Business Data Services (BDS) policy. You can read the full comments here, but here’s some highlights: PRICE REGULATION OF LEGACY AND ETHERNET BUSINESS DATA SERVICES WILL DETER THE INVESTMENT NECESSARY FOR UBIQUITOUS HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT Only the private sector can provide investment necessary for BDS deployment.... Read more »

Press Releases

IIA Encourages FCC to Recognize Competitive Business Data Services Market

IIA Encourages FCC to Recognize Competitive Business Data Services Market and Questions FCC’s Plan to Price Regulate Says price regulation will inhibit next generation 5G broadband deployment and negatively impact broadband deployment in Rural America WASHINGTON, DC – August 9, 2016 – In light of the “special access” data collected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Internet Innovation Alliance...

Boucher on Business Data Services in Forbes

Over at Forbes, our Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher has an op-ed on how regulating prices for business data services will only increase the digital divide. An excerpt: It’s well understood that high-speed networks are deployed most quickly when investors can foresee a profitable rate of return on investment. Because of the unique challenges to network... Read more »

Op-eds Forbes

Op-eds Forbes

Regulating Prices For Business Data Services Will Widen Network Gap Between Urban And Rural America

by Rick Boucher The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to foist new rate regulations on the “business data services” (BDS) market, the dedicated broadband links that provide Internet access to businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, the proposal has many shortcomings, and it would impose–for the first time–regulations on new fiber infrastructure in an expanding and well-working market that is...

Watch the IIA Event at the Republican National Convention

The light-touch regulatory framework of the 1996 Telecom Act set the stage for extensive internet network investment and innovation. To examine how this investment and innovation have empowered Americans to shape presidential races, we hosted “From Netscape to Snapchat: Politics in the Age of Broadband” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland... Read more »

Special Reports

IIA Business Data Services Reply Comments

Today, IIA filed its Reply Comments with the FCC with regards to their Business Data Services proceeding. An excerpt: After an exhaustive and detailed search for data regarding the availability of business data services, the results are clear: virtually all American businesses have access to business data services (hereinafter, “BDS”) and the level of competition,... Read more »

Verizon’s Exit

Over at The Street, our own Bruce Mehlman has an op-ed on Verizon’s recent about face when it comes to investment and facilities-based competition, particularly in the business data services market. An excerpt: Since 2003 — a virtual eternity in the fast-paced world of telecom — Verizon has staunchly advocated for investment, deployment of fiber,... Read more »

Op-eds The Street

Op-eds The Street

Verizon Exit From Trade Group Signals a Departure From Its Entrepreneurial Roots

Verizon Exit From Trade Group Signals a Departure From Its Entrepreneurial Roots Verizon is leaving the community of companies who believe in investment and facilities-based competition. by Bruce Mehlman Move over, Brexit. There’s a new exit making waves: Verizon’s (VZ) , as evidenced in this ex parte filing at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Verizon is not leaving an economic...

Phoenix Center on Business Data Services and the FCC

The Phoenix Center has released a new paper penned by Dr. George Ford titled “Learning from Bad Technique: The WIK-Consult Report on Business Data Services.” While the title of the paper may leave you guessing, its findings make pretty clear that the FCC’s current course and speed when it comes to Business Data Services are... Read more »