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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2017-03-30 16:45
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 23, 2017, Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407
FCC Chairman Pai’s Proposal to Deregulate Competitive Business Data Services Will Accelerate Private Investment and Deployment of Fiber & 5G Gigabit Mobile Broadband
WASHINGTON D.C. – The following may be attributed to Scott Cleland, Chairman of NetCompetition:
“Kudos to FCC Chairman Pai for clearly understanding the business, economic, and investment, realities and challenges, of multi-billion dollar private investments in infrastructure; and purposefully organizing the FCC to better encourage broadband infrastructure deployment quickly to be part of the solution to America’s economic growth and job creation needs.
“Chairman Pai knows one of the best ways for the FCC to promote private investment in infrastructure and advance 5G broadband innovation is to encourage facilities-based broadband competition in the business market, by permanently stopping FCC rate regulation of the long, fully-competitive, fiber-based, business data market, and ending most all FCC rate regulation of the antiquated copper-based business data market, except in the minority of counties or areas where there still may be insufficient competition.”
“Let the investing, building, and deploying of the Nation’s next generation, fiber and 5G broadband networks begin -- soonest!”
NETCompetition.org is a pro-competition e-forum representing broadband interests.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2013-11-22 11:11
Kudos are due to FCC Chairman Wheeler for quickly announcing that “it is time to act with dispatch” on the IP transition, and putting that into swift action.
As the FCC refocuses on the IP transition, some important perspective is warranted.
First, the consumer-driven transition to IP in the marketplace is already three quarters complete.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2013-05-16 14:32
Please see my latest Daily Caller op-ed: "America's private video market success" here.
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Part 1: Netflix' Glass House Temper Tantrum Over Broadband Usage Fees
Submitted by admin on Thu, 2013-02-28 15:14
Kudos to Robert Litan and Hal Singer for the clarity-of-thought and free market policy wisdom in their new book: “The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century.” Here is the link to the book at Amazon.
Why Europe is Falling Behind America in Broadband -- Daily Caller Op-ed -- Part 3 Modernization Consensus SeriesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2013-02-13 08:39
Please see my Daily Caller op-ed "Why Europe is Falling Behind America in Broadband" -- here.
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Modernization Consensus Series
(Note: This research series previews strategic developments that could encourage consensus to modernize obsolete communications law.)
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-12-05 18:24
The unprecedented release of a FCC draft staff analysis opposing the the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile transaction could backfire legally, undermining its intent to backstop the DOJ's pending lawsuit against the merger.
See my Forbes Tech Capitalist post here on the "Top Ten Flaws in the FCC's AT&T/T-Mobile Competition Analysis."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-06-13 19:16
According to the FCC's own hard-to-find disclosure, the FCC does not operate its own broadband "public use wireless 'Hotspot' network" according to the FCC's Open Internet regulations that it mandated for most everyone else.
Ironically, the FCC's public wireless network terms-of-use policy #3 says: the FCC's broadband network "will block all inbound Internet traffic to minimize any negative impact" on the network user.
The FCC's own public network policy is also not transparent like it expects most every other broadband provider of Internet access service to be.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-06-07 17:51
The Rural Cellular Association’s opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition puts a spotlight on the un-sustainability of the analog rural cellular model that is on the wrong side of broadband change.
Importantly, most of the RCA’s problems exist completely separate from this transaction.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-06-06 16:00
As a regular reader of Steve Pearlstein's Washington Post's business column, I was dismayed at the consistent pro-regulation frame of Sunday's piece on the AT&T-T-Mobile acquisition: "The Revenge of the Baby Bells."
The hallmark of longstanding bipartisan competition policy has been that if market players have the freedom to succeed or fail at differentiating, innovating and investing to meet consumers' rapidly evolving needs, market forces can maximize consumer welfare much better than FCC regulators can.
Thus it is dismaying that Mr. Pearlstein crafted a false choice in his column: "...stick with the competitive, lightly-regulated model and... block a merger... or it could acknowledge... the "telephone" market is a natural oligopoly... and... requires much stronger government regulation."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-05-31 18:32
In order to justify broadband price regulation in the Open Internet and Data Roaming orders, the FCC and FreePress must continue to undermine Congress' competition policy by denying the increasingly obvious and incontrovertible facts that users competitively substitute broadband services between various broadband technologies like copper networks/DSL, cable modems, fiber, WiFi/WiMax, wireless broadband, and satellite.