Category Archives: Public Policy

Three Charts That Show Broadband Deployment is Reasonable and Timely

Every year, the FCC is required by Congress to “determine whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonably and timely fashion.”  This is officially called the Broadband Progress Report, a title that indicates it should report on growth, development and advancement of broadband in America. Any cursory and objective review […]

What Does the FCC Know that Apple, Netflix, and Roku Don’t?

TV today is trending for consumers. We’re experiencing an incredible programming renaissance where both the quality and quantity of shows is better than ever before and only improving. We’re also living through a tectonic technology shift that rivals the invention of broadcasting, leveraging rapidly expanding app marketplaces, ubiquitous connectivity and ever shrinking portable screens to […]

Let’s Keep the Internet Tax Free

We reported in December that Congress would have a chance in 2016 to pass a permanent extension to the Internet Tax Freedom Act, or ITFA, thereby ensuring that America’s Internet users never see taxes go up on their Internet access. January has come and it’s expected that Congress will soon have the opportunity to permanently prevent […]

We Can Make Gigabit Wi-Fi a Reality

Fact of the day: more Internet traffic is carried over Wi-Fi than any other medium – more than wireline and wireless combined – and it’s increasing every year. So it’s fair to say the future of the Internet is the future of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi was born in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz band that was once […]

How to Ensure a Tax-Free Internet

This coming January, Congress will have the opportunity to ensure America’s Internet users never see taxes go up on their Internet access. They can accomplish this by passing a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), which prevents states and local governments from taxing Internet access. Keeping Internet access free from burdensome state and local […]

The Net Neutrality Saga Moves (Again) to the Courts

Tomorrow, the DC Circuit Court will hear oral arguments on the FCC’s Open Internet (aka Net Neutrality) Order, which reclassified broadband as Title II service subject to public utility-style regulation. We strongly believe that the reclassification of broadband under Title II was wrong as a matter of law and potentially disastrous as a matter of […]

Saying Goodbye to the Integration Ban

The old adage that it is harder to eliminate rules than pass new ones largely stands the test of time, but Friday, December 4 will mark an important victory for consumers and innovation when a FCC rule called the Integration Ban will be sunset.  Why Friday?  Because that was the date established during last year’s […]

Apps are the Present and the Future of TV

  There is an interesting, but somewhat puzzling debate brewing in tech policy circles right now that poses a basic question: Do we need a new tech mandate to ensure that consumers can enjoy TV content on retail devices? If you take even a cursory look at the consumer experience and rapid transformation of the […]