Daniel Lyons is a Visiting Scholar with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, and an associate professor at Boston College Law School, where he specializes in telecommunications and Internet regulation, as well as administrative law. Professor Lyons’ scholarship focuses on the challenges that technological development poses for legacy regulatory regimes. Among other topics, he has written on technology convergence and the need to redefine the boundary between federal and state jurisdiction over telecommunications; the relationship between net neutrality and traditional common carriage; and the importance of allowing pricing innovation in broadband markets. He is also a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Free State Foundation and a Fellow with the Boston Bar Association.
scheduled to vote today on a proposal to extend its Lifeline program to include broadband access. If successful, the 13 million households that currently receive $9.25 per month to help pay their telephone bills will be allowed instead to spend that subsidy on broadband service. To fund this expansion, the agency is reportedly seeking a 50 percent increase in the Lifeline budget, to $2.25 billion.
upheld the state’s efforts to convert e-retailers into involuntary tax snitches — though the Supreme Court is likely to have the final word on the constitutionality of its plans.
Four Freedoms speech and the subsequent policy statement, which together outlined the agency’s initial vision for good network management practices. But somehow on the path from policy statement to binding rules, the commission’s focus shifted from consumer welfare to that of edge providers. Now, as the commission begins to gather information about innovative new broadband models such as T-Mobile’s Music Freedom and Binge On offerings, we run the risk of the commission sacrificing consumer choice to safeguard the interests of Internet-based service providers.