Posts Tagged ‘Rob Atkinson’

Broadband Prioritization Not Such A Terrible Idea, Georgetown University Panelists Say

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan June 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Paid prioritization may not be such a bad idea – in fact, the notion that the entire internet needs to be treated equally is misleading, said panelists at a June 10 symposium on internet regulation. Internet users might have greater interest in seeing phone packets go through first than someone […]

Statement of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on Julius Genachowski’s Departure

FCC March 22nd, 2013

From Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF: We commend Chairman Genachowski for his leading role in spurring tremendous advances in broadband innovation and the Internet economy, while assisting the United States in transitioning to an advanced wireless world. During his tenure, the U.S. has made major advances in the speed of our broadband networks and expanded […]

ITIF Panel Debates Government Intervention in Broadband Networks

Broadband's Impact June 2nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation assembled a panel Wednesday to debate the merits and minuses of government support of broadband networks.

The Oxford-style debate, “Governments Should Neither Subsidize nor Operate Broadband Networks to Compete with Commercial Ones,” included four panelists. Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF and Jeff Eisenach, Managing Director and Principal of Navigant Economics argued against government intervention; Jim Baller, President of Baller Herbst Law Group, and Chris Mitchell, Director of Telecommunications at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argued in favor.

House Subcommittee Examines Digital Goods Tax Bill

Congress, House of Representatives, The Innovation Economy May 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 – The Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law held a hearing Monday on a bill that would define limits on taxes for virtual goods and services on the Internet.

The proposed legislation, known as the “Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011” aims to “promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.” The legislation would restrict taxing authority to the jurisdiction of the customer’s tax address. Again on Leading Edge of Debate About National Broadband Plan

Broadband Calendar, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Wireless March 11th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service will hold its March 2011 Broadband Breakfast Club event, “The National Broadband Plan: A One-Year Update” on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011.

In hosting the event, continues its tradition of being on the leading edge of the broadband and intellectual property debates by identifying and zeroing in on the key issues of debate and dialogue in Washington.

Illinois and the National Broadband Map… Make That a Mashup!

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, NTIA February 23rd, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, February 21, 2011 – President Abraham Lincoln began his political career here with a passionate interest in infrastructure improvements.

America knows President Lincoln today because his belief in equal opportunity. What connects that which we know about Lincoln and that which brought him into public life?

Mignon Clyburn Expects FCC Universal Service Fund Proposals by Year-End

Broadband Data, FCC, Universal Service, Wireless October 2nd, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va., October 2, 2010 – Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn emphasized the need for quality research in policy making, particularly with regard to reforming the universal service fund for telephone and internet connectivity.

Speaking at the Friday evening dinner session at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, a top telecom research conference here, Clyburn also said that she expected the FCC to propose changes to the USF system, and to propose funding for universal broadband, by the end of 2010.

Panel Tackles Prickly Issue of FCC Regulation

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality March 9th, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2010 – Public Knowledge, Silicon Flatirons and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation last week sponsored a half-day conference to discuss the Federal Communications Commission and its efforts in reform, regulatory responsibility and standard setting. The second panel looked at the pros and cons of regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation.

ITIF Urges Government Involvement to Speed Mobile Payments in U.S.

National Broadband Plan, Wireless November 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – Experts at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said Tuesday they are hopeful that mobile payment can catch on in the United States, but admitted that responsibility will fall to governments to provide the catalyst. “The market cannot do this on its own either in the short term or in the long-term,” said ITIF President Rob Atkinson.

Balancing Broadband Supply and Demand in Quest to Stoke High-Speed Internet Adoption

Broadband's Impact, FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan November 5th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2009 – Panelists at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on Friday agreed that price and digital literacy have created a barrier to broadband demand that can affect more than just broadband adoption.

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