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IIA’s Four Pillars for Broadband Policy

Tuesday, July 06, 2010  
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IIA’s Four Pillars for Broadband Policy
To offer the FCC a roadmap for advancing the Obama Administration’s worthy goal of connecting every American with high-speed Internet, the IIA rolled out Four Pillars for Broadband Policy in June: Put Consumers First: Consumers benefit most from market-based competition, where providers compete on cost and innovation to attract and retain their business. While public policies should address transparency, fraud and demonstrated market failures, consumers lose when market-driven innovation and investment take a back seat to political considerations or needless and restrictive regulation. Promote Investment to Maximize Competition: Government cannot and should not finance the majority of network build-out and maintenance. Universal connectivity demands aggressive private investment. Policy makers’ primary objective in implementing the National Broadband Plan should be maximizing innovation in multiple platforms and networks, rather than minimizing individual ISPs’ ability to manage and operate privately-owned networks. Minimize Regulatory Interventions to Reduce Investor: Uncertainty Regulatory authority should be narrow in scope and precise in implementation, addressing actual market failures and clear government responsibilities (e.g. spectrum allocations and interference). Excessive regulations chill investment, hinder innovation and consistently fail to anticipate technological development. New technologies should not be shoe-horned into old regulatory regimes for political expediency. Ensure Connectivity to All Communities: Rather than battling over hypothetical disputes between transport and content businesses, policy makers should identify those precise areas where additional authority is needed to expand connectivity to those who remain disconnected. Expanded spectrum access, digital literacy programs and subsidized technology initiatives are proven remedies to digital divides created by demographic, educational and income-based disadvantages.

To read more on the IIA’s Four Pillars for Broadband Policy, check out Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman’s June column for FierceTelecom.  IIA’s Four Pillars for Broadband Policy

CWA Opposes FCC's Title II Proposal
Last month, eight national civil rights, labor and environmental leaders sent a letter to John D. Rockefeller, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman, and Henry A. Waxman, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman. These organizations, which include the Communications Workers of America and the NAACP, asked Congress to take quick action and clarify the FCC’s attempts to impose regulations on the Internet.
The appeal to Chairman Rockefeller and Chairman Waxman emphasized the importance of carefully targeted legislation that will fulfill the need for world class broadband and ensure that every American is equipped with the skills necessary for taking part in a digital society.
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From the World of Media
A recent story from Bloomberg BusinessWeek offers a helpful snapshot of the red flags being raised by members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, telecom analysts and economists in response to the FCC’s quest to impose net neutrality rules. The piece highlights recent research on the topic from New York Law School, Frost & Sullivan and The Brattle Group. Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Mike Jude penned a Letter to the Editor for the Chicago Tribune, which asserts that markets do better when regulators have the right to seek more authority when needed, rather than excessive authority that they promise not to use. For National Public Radio’s (NPR) "All Things Considered,” IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman was interviewed for a story that examines the state of broadband in America. Mehlman said that broadband adoption in the U.S. is going well considering the technology has only been available for 10 years and also states that government intervention through regulation will not make broadband faster and cheaper. To listen to the audio clip, click here .
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Monthly Message At an open meeting held on June 17th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 (with Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Baker dissenting) to adopt the Broadband Framework Notice of Inquiry (NOI). This NOI launches an open proceeding through which the agency will seek public comment on regulation of the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The current broadband framework, which has been in place for nearly a decade, has been enormously successful. It has stimulated hundreds of billions of dollars in broadband investment, created hundreds of thousands of American jobs and allowed for the proliferation of innovative wired and wireless networks. The IIA believes this proposed Title II detour will distract market participants and investors from advancing the goal of broadband access for every American. We encourage you to join us by responding to this NOI, urging the FCC to restore focus on the actions that are needed to reduce uncertainty, maximize investment and achieve universal connectivity. Initial comments are due on July 15th; click here for information on how to submit. - Tracey Sawicki, IIA Executive Director

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