Internet TV: What Must Congress Do About It? Television Regulations Coming To Your Laptop Soon?

September 21, 2012
Richard Bennett discusses "Internet TV: What Must Congress Do About It? Television Regulations Coming To Your Laptop Soon?"

Richard Bennett presented as part of The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's event "Internet TV: What Must Congress Do About It? Television Regulations Coming To Your Laptop Soon?"on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Comparing the 2012 Presidential Candidates’ Technology and Innovation Policies

September 12, 2012
| Reports

Despite the obligatory acknowledgment of innovation’s central role in U.S. economic growth, the 2012 campaign has not yet seen a serious conversation emerge regarding the policies sorely needed to revitalize U.S. innovation-based economic competitiveness. Moreover, rather than adopt an “all of the above” approach to innovation policy that includes corporate tax and regulatory reform as well as increased federal investment in research and development (R&D), digital infrastructure, and skills, the candidates stress policies from “each column,” with Governor Romney focusing more on the former and President Obama more on the latter. This is unfortunate. For, as we write in the book Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage, U.S. policymakers need to recognize that the United States is engaged in a fierce race for innovation-based economic growth. To win this race, the United States will need to adopt a new, bipartisan Washington Innovation Consensus that places science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the center of economic policy-making and recognizes that both parties bring good ideas to the table in this regard. 

This report highlights the candidates' technology and innovation policies with the aim of amplifying the national dialogue around bolstering innovation-based economic growth. The report begins with an overview of each candidate’s general philosophy on technology, innovation, and trade policy, and then compares the candidates’ specific policy positions across 10 policy areas:

  1. Innovation and R&D
  2. Energy Innovation
  3. Tax
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Trade
  6. Education and Skills
  7. Broadband and Telecommunications
  8. Regulation
  9. Internet/Digital Economy
  10. Life Sciences and Biotechnology

The report is based on information gathered directly from the campaigns’ websites and policy documents or from media reports of statements made by the candidates. In some cases where a candidate has not articulated a specific position, the candidate’s record while in office or the position of the candidate’s party (as reflected in the Democratic or Republican party platforms) is used as a proxy.

ITIF is a non-partisan research and educational institution—a think tank—focused on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues, and does not endorse either candidate. Rather, this report seeks to provide a factual, impartial comparison of the candidates’ technology and innovation policies.

Supply and Demand in Kansas City

September 11, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Google, like every other player in the broadband network business, realizes that a high uptake rate is the key to its success, so it’s offering a nearly-free option to stimulate demand: Anyone who can pay a one-time $300 hookup fee can have free broadband for seven years.

Winning the Race 2012 Memos

September 5, 2012
| Reports

As the 2012 presidential campaign moves in the final stage, ITIF is presenting general principles and specific recommendation ideas across several policy areas we believe the next President and Congress should adopt to restore U.S. global competiveness and prosperity.

As chronicled in Innovation Economic: The Race for Global Advantage, the United States is losing its once formidable edge as an innovator. Many other nations are putting in place better tax, talent, technology and trade policies, and reaping the rewards in terms of faster growth, more jobs, and faster income growth. It’s not too late for the United States to regain its lead but it will need to act boldly and with resolve.

Week by week until the November election, the Winning the Race series will put forward creative yet pragmatic ideas in policies affecting taxes, trade, education, broadband, the digital economy, clean energy, science and technology and other areas. Taken as a whole, the series represents a new Innovation Consensus to replace the outdated Washington Consensus.

Memo One (September 3, 2012): Boosting Innovation, Competitiveness, and Productivity

Memo Two (September 10, 2012): Trade and Globalization

Memo Three (September 17, 2012): Corporate Tax

Memo Four (September 24, 2012): Digital Communication Networks

Memo Five (October 1, 2012): Traded Sector Industries

Memo Six (October 9, 2012): Digital Economy

Memo Seven (October 15, 2012): STEM Skills

Memo Eight (October 22, 2012): Clean Energy

Memo Nine (October 29, 2012): Science and Technology

Memo Ten (November 5, 2012): Overcoming the Barriers 

Complete List of Policy Recommendations: Top Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration to Help the United States Win the Race for Global Advantage

Breakfast Briefing: Broadband Internet Competition in the Digital Age

August 27, 2012
| Presentations

Changes in the broadband Internet market are affecting industry players, consumers and the policymakers who oversee this space. Innovation and technology policy thought leader Robert D. Atkinson will engage Jonathan Sallet and Jeff Eisenach in an interactive discussion of their views on the dynamics of broadband competition: Sallet's "Broadband Value Circle" and Eisenach's "Theories of Broadband Competition."

Register now.

Industry Groups Highly Critical of FCC Broadband Report

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ITIF took issue with the commission, saying, "The FCC's latest 706 Report on the progress of broadband deployment in the United States reaches the erroneous conclusion that we're not making reasonable progress toward bringing broadband networking to all Americans."

ITIF Says U.S. Broadband is Making Progress Despite Conclusions in "706 Report"

WASHINGTON (August 22, 2012) - Richard Bennett, Senior Research Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, addressed the "706 Report" released by the Federal Communication Commission on August 21, 2012 with the following statement: Read more »

Full Speed Ahead for Verizon and Cable

August 20, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Justice Department has given the go-ahead to a very interesting transaction between Verizon Wireless and the cable companies, with certain conditions. The government’s review followed the template ITIF suggested in the comments we filed with the FCC in February, where the spectrum transaction and the other arrangements were evaluated separately. While the FCC is tasked with reviewing the spectrum transaction, the commercial arrangement was examined by Justice. Commentary by left interest groups focuses on the resale agreements between Verizon Wireless and the cable companies and ignores the much more interesting joint venture to develop intellectual property. So what we have here is a very thorough analysis by the Justice Department that comes to a very sound conclusion and a lot of poorly-reasoned objections from groups that aren’t even willing to admit that broadband in the United States is moving in the right direction.

Broadband Cherry-Picking: Bennett Rebuts New America Foundation Report on Broadband Service

WASHINGTON - ITIF Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett offered a sharp critique of the latest report from the New America Foundation (NAF) on the quality and cost of broadband service in the United States.

Bennett wrote on ITIF's blog the NAF's Open Technology Institute report "The Cost of Connectivity" offers a misleading and inaccurate critique of U.S. broadband service for a variety of reasons: Read more »

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