ITIF filed comments in response to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's whitepaper on interconnection. We believe the successful growth and innovation in interconnection arrangements in the Internet space can be a good guide as we continue to move voice traffic onto IP networks. Recent interconnection disputes should best be seen as growing pains in the expansion of data-intensive use of the Internet and not distract from the success and innovation in a diversity of interconnection arrangements.
Harry Reid, Title II, and The Rashomon Effect
The problem of over-simplification and one-sided interpretation is persistent across many policy debates, but it has been particularly bad in the recent net neutrality fracas. This whole debate has been watered down to catch-phrases like “fast-lanes and slow-lanes” without any real commitment to how this complex technology actually works. Now Title II advocates have taken to reaching for political cover, pulling support for Title II out of vague statements about net neutrality.
ITIF Files Comments with FCC on Open Internet
ITIF filed comments Tuesday in the FCC's open Internet proceeding encouraging the Commission to move forward with its section 706 approach to protecting and promoting the open Internet while allowing the flexibility needed for innovation within the network itself. Section 706 should be preferred over Title II as a jurisdictional hook for open Internet guidelines for several reasons. It is unclear that Title II offers any real advantage over section 706 and would significantly delay the implementation of real rules, even if all went according to plan. ITIF explained why the fears over "fast lanes" are out of proportion and why appropriate, commercially reasonable prioritization arrangements will be good for consumers, competition, and innovation and should be encouraged.
A Vision for Inclusion: An LGBT Broadband Future
ITIF's Doug Brake spoke at an event hosted by the LGBT Technology Partnership about the importance of broadband to the LGBT community. Doug discussed the importance of spectrum as a key input to mobile broadband and the need for a balanced expansion of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum to expand the reach of important wireless services.