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...
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 »
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 »
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 »
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...
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 »
As the FCC continues its special access agenda, its use of flawed data is not escaping notice. The latest to voice their concerns about the Commission’s current course are nine senators — eight democrats, one independent — representing rural communities. From a letter these lawmakers sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on August 1: We... Read more »
The smart folks at Light Reading have kicked off a four-part series analyzing the Cable industry’s performance and opportunities in serving the business market. If you’re the type who enjoys wonking out on telecommunications complexities, you’ll want to check the series out. The first part of the series, “How Cable Means Business About Business,” examines... Read more »
Pew Research Center presents its latest data on campaign communications at our event at the Democratic National Convention, “From Netscape to Snapchat: Politics in the Age of Broadband.”
From Netscape to Snapchat: Politics in the Age of Broadband Wednesday, July 27th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing 201 South Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106 Pew Research Center will present its latest data on campaign communications During the 1996 re-election campaign, presidential candidates primarily reached voters through traditional media... Read more »