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…

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…

An Open Internet Should Never Be Taken for Granted

The Internet is essential infrastructure for most of today’s American businesses, and for citizens’ civic engagement, education, and daily life.  As a group of enlightened Senators said yesterday “it carries our most important information and our greatest ideas.”  The Internet was launched and commercialized on common carrier networks and has thrived within a framework of…

Outcome from the Net Mundial Global Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Going in, the business sector hoped for some consensus on both substantive Internet governance principles and a process roadmap for the future evolution of the governance ecosystem.   We were not disappointed.   Opportunities to speak from a microphone in the cavernous convention hall dwindled from 2 minute slots to 30 seconds each, but CCIA made good…

As the Internet Matures Globally, Building Engineers Stay on Duty and Mentors Are Wanted

Washington – As the US delegation prepares for NetMundial next week in Sao Paulo, many other attendees from around the world are welcoming the recent news about the US Government’s progress in transitioning ICANN functions to multistakeholder venues where participants from all continents are welcome.  Legacy US oversight of the root server and domain name housekeeping…

Comm Laws Must Promote Competitive Choice for Mobile Internet Connections, Landline Broadband Access

Companies that have successfully challenged legacy monopoly landline and duopoly wireless telecom incumbents for a modest share of American customers seem to find much to like about the 1996 Telecom Act and its focus on competition and interconnection.  It allows them to create innovative and affordable choices for consumers and enterprise broadband customers. In its…

The FCC Must Stay Strong on Open Infrastructure for Both Wired and Wireless Mobile Internet Access

As the FCC approaches another leadership transition, CCIA reiterates its commitment to the Obama Administration’s original objectives for enlightened telecommunications policy in the digital age.  As the President took office in January of 2009,  CCIA wrote:  “Never before has there been a national leader who better understood the importance of free speech and the power…