Category Archives: Public Policy

Setting the Record Straight on Set Top Boxes

Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently repeated a number of claims about the state of the marketplace for video devices and the presumed effects of last year’s STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR) on retail set-top boxes. Regrettably, however, their claims misread the STELAR statute, the impact of changes that were supported on […]

An Update on Our Appeal of the FCC’s Title II Order

Today, NCTA and other petitioners filed our joint legal brief with the D.C. Circuit highlighting the reasons why the FCC’s February 2015 order to subject broadband Internet to public utility-style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act was unlawful. The filing is a must read for those who have been following net neutrality since […]

The Future of Wi-Fi Depends on Unlicensed Spectrum

Today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on wireless broadband and the future of spectrum policy. We expect the hearing to shed light on the incredible importance of unlicensed spectrum and how the future of gigabit Wi-Fi depends on good spectrum policy. Today, Wi-Fi is the most used broadband medium, handling more data than […]

On the Importance of ‘Regulatory Humility’

Originally posted in CNET on July 20th, 2015 as part of its “20 Years of Tech.” In the Broadway musical “Rent,” there’s a song titled “525,600 Minutes” that asks poignantly: How do you measure a year in your life (“in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee”). It is interesting to consider what serves […]

Unless the FCC Acts, A New Technology Could Disrupt Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is popular. Really popular. 4 billion devices popular. So popular that more broadband data is carried over Wi-Fi than all other platforms combined. But is the miracle of Wi-Fi in jeopardy? It may be because the lifeblood of Wi-Fi – unlicensed spectrum – is potentially at risk by the deployment of a new technology […]

Broadband in Education: A Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments

It seems like everyone, from the President, the Secretary of Education and the Chairman of the FCC to local newspapers, is saying schools need more broadband. And prestigious panels like the Aspen Institute and LEAD Commission are calling for a different kind of learning environment in schools to foster new 21st century skills. As the […]

Flexible Rules for Drone Technology Will Improve News, Sports, Entertainment

For decades, cable programmers have been delivering incredible content into our homes and onto our mobile devices, bringing their imagination to our screens. In order to enhance quality storytelling, programmers are constantly pushing the envelope in innovative video production techniques. That’s why NCTA, along with the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Television Digital […]

Why We Are Appealing The FCC’s Title II Decision

Today, NCTA filed a Petition for Review of the FCC’s February 26, 2015 order which reclassified broadband Internet service as a public utility, or telecommunications service, under Title II of the Communications Act. We filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. So why are we appealing? It has nothing to do […]

Correcting the FCC’s Puzzling Comments on Pole Attachments

The adoption of the Open Internet Order has triggered much discussion about one of our favorite topics – pole attachments. As this is one of the most arcane topics within the FCC’s jurisdiction, it is not surprising that the public discourse is not always entirely accurate. We want to set the record straight. Cable has […]

Will the FCC Play Games with the National Broadband Map?

This week’s release of the final version of the National Broadband Map is a milestone. Beginning with funding from the 2009 stimulus bill, NTIA – a part of the Commerce Department – has supervised the collection of state broadband data and published the results twice a year. NTIA deserves credit for successfully managing this first-of-its-kind […]