Evolution of Open Internet to 2015 Success

Seven or eight years ago, the most active companies in the first Open Internet Coalition were Amazon, eBay, Google and Skype. Twitter was barely a twinkle and I don’t know how I really lived without Pandora. Courts threw out both consensus FCC principles around Internet access rights and its 2010 open Internet rules.   But failure…

Engineers Go To Work on New TV Navigation Devices

Washington – Late last year, while reauthorizing satellite carriage of TV signals, Congress instructed the FCC to update its rules on interoperability for TV navigation devices.   Implementing the new law, the FCC has just announced the members of its Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC). They will be expected to come up with consensus standards…

Good for Sprint. Competition and Open Internet access For All.

Unlike certain legacy monopoly Internet service providers, both wired and wireless, Sprint has not opposed FCC open Internet access rules over the past year.   It understands that basic industry frameworks of nondiscrimination and universal interconnection are what make service innovation and competition possible even where government protected monopoly and duopoly once reigned. And so today…

Wall Street Journal Open Internet Reporter Has a Grip; Editorial and Opinion Pages — Not So Much

If the FCC ends up deferring to common sense and classifies landline Internet access as a telecommunications service, most advocates for that move support use of only a few core provisions of Title II of our existing telecom laws.   A routine procedure called “forbearance” allows the agency to eschew all of “the tariffs, rate bases,…

An Open Internet is the Goal of Both Our US Delegation at ITU and the FCC

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an arm of the United Nations and is dedicated to global coordination of things like satellite orbital slots, terrestrial spectrum use, and technical standards for interoperability of telecom networks.  Currently the ITU is in the midst of a weeks-long meeting in Busan, South Korea. Already, the former Deputy Secretary…

A British Recipe for Open Internet Access: Separation of Monopoly Local Networks… and Competition for Bloody Everything Else

UK regulators at Ofcom decided about a decade ago to impose “functional separation” on its dominant telecom provider, BT, in order to obtain equivalent prices, terms and conditions for competing telephone Internet providers that must buy local connectivity from the legacy giant. The UK model for competition has Openreach as the source for wholesale local…