Category Archives: Public Policy

Taking Consumer Privacy Seriously

Congressional approval of a resolution to reverse the previous FCC’s misguided privacy rules has resulted in some pretty serious and mistaken claims about what ISPs can and can’t do with customer information. This is unfortunate because consumer privacy is something that our member companies have always respected and have an excellent track record of protecting. […]

A Blueprint for Internet Infrastructure Success

In Washington, a new year has brought a renewed focus on ways to invest in America’s infrastructure, including broadband networks. While we are familiar with congested highways and crumbling bridges, our nation’s broadband infrastructure tells a different story. Since 1996 the cable industry has invested over $250 billion in capital infrastructure resulting in faster and […]

Wi-Fi and Cars: Sharing the Spectrum Highway

Wi-Fi is so much a part of our connected society that most people say a week without Wi-Fi would leave them grumpier than a week without coffee. More than 85 million American households have Wi-Fi access points. And the number of Wi-Fi devices is even higher—more than a billion are expected to be in the […]

New Steps Unveiled for Preventing Unwanted Robocalls

Earlier today, the FCC’s Robocall Strike Force unveiled some new steps that phone providers are taking to help prevent unwanted robocalls. A robocall is defined as a call with an automatic dialing system or with a prerecorded or artificial voice. The strike force, established earlier this year, includes among others Charter, Comcast, and Cox, all […]

Building a Better Framework for Business Data Services Regulation

Today, NCTA submitted to the FCC a new model for smart, targeted regulation of Business Data Services (BDS) that draws from the voluminous record in the current proceeding and accomplishes the Commission’s stated goal of preserving and enhancing competition where it exists and regulating rates where it does not. This new framework is far superior […]

Home TV and Internet Equipment is Becoming Much More Energy Efficient

As our lives have increasingly become more connected to all forms of media and we seem to constantly rely on devices or gadgets throughout our waking hours, managing energy consumption has become a significant priority, both from an environmental and economic perspective. The good news for pay TV and internet consumers is that the equipment we […]

Business Data Services Are a “Textbook Example of What Not to Regulate”

In previous posts we have raised a number of concerns regarding the direction of the FCC’s rulemaking proceeding regarding Business Data Services (BDS). Tomorrow NCTA will file further comments demonstrating that there is no failure in the BDS marketplace justifying massive regulatory intervention, that the costs of new rate regulation almost certainly will outweigh the […]

Why We Filed for En Banc Review

Today, NCTA joined the American Cable Association (ACA) in filing a Joint Petition for Rehearing En Banc with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding the 2015 FCC order to reclassify broadband internet access service as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. We don’t celebrate this petition, […]

Moving Forward on “Ditching the Box” not “Unbundling the App”

Yesterday, NCTA submitted a 30+ page filing (plus over one thousand pages of supporting technical specs) that provides additional information requested by the FCC about the open standard-based apps proposal presented several weeks ago by a group of independent programmers, NCTA and pay TV companies. This information supplements our prior efforts, both within the Downloadable […]