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.
#CommActUpdate” process through a series of thought papers on regulatory modernization, spectrum policy, competition, interconnection, universal service, and video content and distribution. This rational, inclusive, and orderly process collected hundreds of substantive responses until it was hijacked by advocacy groups which aimed to nationalize networks by reclassifying broadband network providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This was a beginning step by the FCC to tax and regulate the internet like the telephone network and to limit free speech, which fortunately has been halted by a backlash of 60 million voters against over-regulation.