Agenda Item for the new FCC: Robust Wireless Competition

Competition is a critical ingredient for functioning markets. Without it, we have market power, higher prices and market failure.  With it, we have new offers for smartphones without contracts or penalties for consumers, WiFi calling for businesses and more. When asked recently in a public forum, why mobile phone coverage and services are so poor in…

CCIA Warns Congress About Internet Governance Bill

CCIA wrote to members of Congress today as they prepare to mark up a new Internet Freedom bill. In the letter to leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, CCIA warned that legislation, designed to reinforce U.S. support for a global open Internet free of international regulation, is not only…

Spectrum Auctions and “the Free Market”

As the FCC develops ground rules for Incentive Auctions, in which spectrum relinquished voluntarily by TV broadcasters will “go on the market” and be auctioned, the two prospective bidders already holding the largest amount of spectrum, including what’s considered the “best” spectrum below 1 GHz, naturally argue for a “free market” approach with no restrictions…

WANTED: Spectrum for Open Wireless Innovation Lab

The FCC’s Incentive Auctions rulemaking docket is titled: “Expanding Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum…”   With an increasing majority of the American TV audience choosing to consume their video programming via wired or wireless broadband,  rather than over the air broadcast signals, new spectrum to be voluntarily relinquished by TV broadcasters will become available to…

CCIA Applauds FCC Vote on Special Access

The FCC has approved the mandatory data request for the carrier wholesale and broadband for business markets.  This is a step towards addressing the market failure known as special access, which involves the rates American businesses pay the largest telecommunications carriers for broadband connections to the Internet.  For many years, the FCC has been discussing reforms to…

CCIA Opposes Online Sales Tax Collection Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill

The FCC has approved the mandatory data request for the carrier wholesale and broadband for business markets.  This is a step towards addressing the market failure known as special access, which involves the rates American businesses pay the largest telecommunications carriers for broadband connections to the Internet.  For many years, the FCC has been discussing reforms to…