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 failed. Yet, the studies vary significantly among themselves rather than...
As the FCC continues its murky — and occasionally confounding — Business Data Services (BDS) process, seven economists have penned a letter to the Commission arguing that any imposed rate regulation on what is a truly competitive market would be a mistake and counterproductive. From said letter: As commenters across the spectrum rightly acknowledge, the... Read more »
Today’s tools will not be adequate for a fully immersive, high-definition VR future by Larry Irving and Jamal Simmons Last month, a ripple traversed the internet when the White House posted an Instagram picture of our commander in chief just outside the Oval Office wearing a pair of virtual reality glasses. In the photo, President Barack Obama is trying out...
Over at tech site Recode, our Co-Chairman Jamal Simmons and former Co-Chairman Larry Irving have penned an op-ed on virtual reality and the need for regulators to encourage private investment in the infrastructure that supports it. An excerpt: The future of virtual reality is bright. Investors are bullish, users are excited to consume novel entertainment... Read more »
With the election looming and the current makeup of the FCC likely nearing its end, Fred Campbell has penned a thorough look at what he describes as the FCC’s “legacy of confusion about competition.” An excerpt: The Wheeler FCC’s repudiation of economic rigor and legal precedents is an anomaly that should end with this fall’s... Read more »
Speaking of the FCC and Title II (see our infographic), the Commission’s reclassification of broadband still faces challenges in court. UPDATE on #TitleII litigation: DC Circuit orders #FCC to respond to our (and other) petitions for review Good news! pic.twitter.com/8B04VXgWR3 — TechFreedom (@TechFreedom) August 17, 2016 The FCC’s regulation has been challenged by providers and... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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...
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 »