headlined a press conference organized by several progressive groups, which focused on anticipated changes that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may make to its Open Internet rules. The event appeared designed to serve notice that supporters of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Title II reclassification approach will (loudly) oppose any efforts at regulatory reform. Unfortunately, in the wake of that press conference, several misconceptions about the issue are circulating, as one might expect when nuanced policy debates are reduced to 140-character-or-less sound bites. This blog post is a first stab at dispelling the most problematic issues.
could be transformed into a more effective regulatory body by replacing its current network-centric wireline and wireless silos with a function-based structure, with bureaux of economics, engineering, competition, and consumer protection. The first two would concentrate on analysis and the second two on monitoring and enforcement.