2012 October

America’s Internet Transformation Demands an All-IP Future

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If the FCC stops moving forward on Internet transformation, the universal service and intercarrier compensation reform order will become a death warrant for telephone companies.

CLIP hosted an event earlier this month to discuss Internet transformation. What is Internet transformation? In a recent op-ed, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai noted that it “is really two different things—a technology revolution and a regulatory transition.” Read More

U.S. Needs Internet Transformation to Win the Race for a Global Bandwidth Advantage

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The United States cannot allow fear of an uncertain future to jeopardize its ability to win the race for a global bandwidth advantage.

The Internet is transforming communications markets around the world. The U.S. is now competing in a global market that is transitioning to all-IP networks – with or without us. If we want to remain competitive globally, we must accelerate the deployment of all-IP communications infrastructure capable of meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our approach to Internet transformation should not focus on a particular jurisdiction, a particular market segment, a particular company, or a particular result. It should focus on consumers. Like the DTV transition, the transition to all-IP networks will present challenges. But stagnation is not a viable option. The United States cannot allow fear of an uncertain future to jeopardize its ability to win the race for a global bandwidth advantage. Internet transformation is the key to unlocking a better future for every American. The only question is whether the FCC is willing to open the door.

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FCC Chairman Genachowski Is Right to Let Legacy Program Access Regulation Expire

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The limitations imposed on Internet transformation by the program access rules should be removed along with other legacy regulations that are inhibiting our transition to all-IP communications.

In 1992, Congress directed the FCC to establish “program access” regulations. These regulations generally require vertically integrated cable operators (i.e., cable operators who also own video programming) to offer their programming to rivals on reasonable terms. Congress prohibited cable operators from entering into exclusive contracts with video programming affiliates because a “cable system faces no local competition,” which gave vertically integrated cable programmers “the incentive and the ability to favor” their own distribution networks. Congress recognized, however, that additional competition could render this prohibition unnecessary, and provided that the exclusivity prohibition would sunset in ten years unless the FCC finds the prohibition continues to be necessary.

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FCC Chairman Genachowski Praises Predecessors’ Smart Policies, but Will He Heed Them?

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If the FCC had adopted the eligibility restrictions proposed by PISC in 2007, the United States would not have achieved the LTE leadership touted by current FCC Chairman Genachowski.

I was pleased to see FCC Chairman Genachowski praise the market-based policies of his predecessors in his remarks at Vox last week. He noted that the United States is currently leading the world in next generation mobile wireless services with 69 percent of the world’s LTE subscribers, which he attributes to “smart government policies.” He didn’t mention, however, that the “smart government policies” that led to America’s renewed mobile leadership were based on market principles adopted by the previous FCC.

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