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 »

The Damage of Mandatory BDS Price Cuts

A new research paper from Anna-Maria Kovacs of the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy details potential damage from FCC-mandated price cuts on Business Data Services (BDS). From the paper: We model the effect of mandatory BDS price cuts on the free cash flows of BDS providers. We conclude that BDS rate-cuts are likely... Read more »

Election Night & Beyond

Over at The Street, our own Bruce Mehlman writes about the election and what it could mean for tech and investment. An excerpt: [I]n this world of technological convergence, in which companies offering Internet, video, and traditional communications services are merging (some quite literally and others through expanding their business lines), investors should know that... Read more »

Op-eds The Street

Op-eds The Street

Election and Regulatory Appointments Will Determine Future of FCC, Tech and Telecom

by Bruce Mehlman Official Washington now enters the final stretch of an unusually-stressful election season. Ending the uncertainty may be good news for business in a sense, but it also shows just how powerfully elections influence the direction of policy, markets, and many securities that move in part based on the level and nature of government regulation. A new President,...