Why the Internet Governance debate is repetitive and what the UN could do about it

The past 10 years of the international Internet governance debate must have reminded some observers of the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” – the same protagonists making the same arguments in a seemingly perpetual cycle. On one side of the debate is a group of Western Governments and a large part of the international business and…

Open Internet Rights in America Being Tested in Court

Earlier this week, the FCC filed a Court brief in defense of its open Internet rule that has been challenged by Verizon and one small wireless carrier, Metro PCS.   Verizon claims to support the Internet remaining “an unrestricted and open platform, where people can access the lawful content, services and applications of their choice.”   It simply objects to an…

CCIA Files Letters With FCC, DOJ On Verizon Cable Deal

Yesterday CCIA filed a letter requesting the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice “fully consider the potential effects of the extensive Commercial Agreements that accompany the proposed spectrum transactions” between Verizon Wireless and the nation’s largest cable companies. CCIA’s letter follows letters from the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance (ITTA), Frontier Communications, and Windstream Communications…

Crowdsourcing for Internet Governance Should not be Dominated by Governments

The International Telecom Union (ITU), founded in the 19th century, last updated its regulations or ITRs in 1988 and clearly has a lot of catching up to do.  It has traditionally focused on standards for telegraph and analog voice communications, allocating global electromagnetic radio spectrum and satellite orbits by multilateral treaty.   The ITU also defines basic…