The interconnection deal between Netflix and Comcast is not an unusual arrangement, and a good sign that the flexibility firms have in forming interconnection deals is working as intended. The deal better aligns incentives and improves customer's streaming. It is something we should be celebrating, but instead some are making hasty and unfounded comparisons to net neutrality.
Ignore Paranoid Bloggers: The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Is Good For Consumers
The Comcast, Time Warner merger is no doubt a large and important transaction. But a merger this serious deserves a fair review with accurate facts. Unfortunately, the claims by some advocates, like Susan Crawford, that the transaction will destroy competition and broadband development are widely inaccurate and damaging to the necessary policy debate and public discourse.
Debunking the EU Broadband Utopia
As an American academic in Europe, Layton, an ITIF guest blogger, finds the claims by some U.S. media about an EU broadband utopia curious. Europeans roundly complain about the quality of their networks, and, there is no one on the continent who would say that the US is falling behind Europe. In fact some of the biggest critics of European telecom are EU leaders themselves.
18 Years – Time for an Update
Today marks the 18th Anniversary of the signing of the 1996 Telecom Act. In these 18 years the communications market has changed dramatically – changes that warrant an update to our laws. The notion that our broadband market has fallen into some sort of static equilibrium without competition is not only empirically wrong but incredibly myopic. The upheaval since the ’96 Act should caution us against taking strong regulatory action based on fleeting understandings of the market.
Comments to the House Commerce Committee on Communications Act Rewrite
ITIF filed comments last week with the House Energy and Commerce Committee in response to explorations in updating the Communications Act being undertaken by committee Chairman Fred Upton and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden. ITIF commended these efforts to modernize a badly outdated law. We advocated for a light-touch federal framework that would not unduly burden innovation in our nation’s networks or the applications and services that use them. ITIF urged the committee to proceed with humility as to predicting changes in communications technology and markets – the dynamic competition in today’s communications counsels against ambitious intervention. At the same time, there is undoubtedly a continued role for the FCC. The Commission’s role should generally shift to one of policing markets, correcting anti-competitive or consumer-harming behavior. The government should also be empowered to encourage broadband adoption and build-out where appropriate.
Channel Sharing Pilot Holds Promise
Two Los Angeles television stations have volunteered for an experimental pilot to share infrastructure and spectrum for their broadcasts. Such channel sharing is potentially a valuable tool to ensure a successful incentive auction, helping transition to more valuable uses of spectrum.