Two Critics of Broadband Regulation Lament How Broadband Utility Advocates are ‘Taking their Case’ to American Public
July 1st, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 – The best way to prevent the internet from “fundamentally changing” is to not “fundamentally change internet regulation,” according to Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai. In a speech that attempted to rally the faithful to his “light touch regulation” approach, the commissioner was also joined by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., at […]
Critics on Both Ends of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, With a Few Supporters in the Middle
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
May 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – The Federal Communication Commission’s effort to thread the needle on net neutrality with regulations that will withstand legal scrutiny while also satisfying open internet activists led to starkly divided responses to the Thursday measure.
In the camp expressing disappointment that agency Chairman Tom Wheeler didn’t go further, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a member of the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, said that innovation over the internet in America could unless broadband were to be reclassified as a common-carrier telecommunications service.
“Internet access today is like traditional phone service decades ago – we can’t live or work without it,” Markey said. “We must stop broadband behemoths from setting up fast and slow lanes and picking winners and losers. Start-ups and small business would suffer, slowing our economy and job growth throughout Massachusetts and around the country.” [...]
Everyone Finds Something to Like in FCC Approval of Wireless T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger
Broadband's Impact, Wireless
March 12th, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced their approval of the proposed merger of mobile wireless carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Two years after the two agencies nixed AT&T’s attempted acquisition of T-Mobile on antitrust grounds, different non-profit interest groups found different reasons to applaud the […]
Free State Foundation Panel Calls for USF, Intercarrier Compensation Reform
Broadband's Impact, Universal Service
July 14th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 – The Free State Foundation, a free-market think thank, assembled key industry experts Wednesday and pressed for the immediate need for reforms to the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation systems.
For the past year, the Federal Communications Commission has worked on updating the Universal Service Fund to handle the demands of broadband expansion rather than voice service.
Seth Cooper Joins Free State Foundation
September 7th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 7, 2010 – Seth Cooper has joined the Free State Foundation think tank as a full-time research fellow.
Appeals Court Deals Network Neutrality Blow to FCC
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 6th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2010 – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission does not have the power to mandate that broadband provider Comcast must give equal treatment to Internet traffic streaming through its networks. Interested parties in the broadband community rushed to express their opinions.
FCC Net Neutrality Efforts Spark Interest Group Mania
October 21st, 2009
WASHINGTON, October 21, 2009 – As the Federal Communications Commission nears the monthly meeting slated for Thursday to consider new regulations regarding Net neutrality, e-mail boxes across Washington are being flooded by all manner of interest groups staking their claim over neutrality and freedom on the Internet.
Focus on Broadband Advancement Has Gradually Shifted, Say Authors
September 11th, 2009
WASHINGTON, September 11, 2009 – The Free State Foundation on Thursday hosted conference to celebrate its new book, “New Directions in Communications Policy,” with contributions by members of the think tanks academic board.
At Monday's Deadline, Industry, Advocacy Groups Weigh In on FCC Broadband Plan
Broadband Stimulus, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA
June 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2009 – Industry representatives and advocacy groups of all stripes flooded the Federal Communications Commission’s inbox Monday with a wide-ranging comments array of comments on the scope and direction of the agency’s role in crafting a national broadband plan.
U.S. Broadband Ranking Needs Qualification, Experts Agree
June 5th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2009 – With Broadband being a keystone aspect of President Obama’s economic policies, it is important to understand where America’s broadband deployment and adoption rates stand internationally, a panel of experts agreed on Friday.