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ITIF Comments to the FCC on the Regulatory Status of Managed Services and Mobile Broadband

October 12, 2010
| Testimony and Filings

ITIF has filed comments with the FCC on the agency’s “Further Inquiry into Two Under-Developed Issues in the Open Internet Proceeding.” The comments advise the FCC to adopt a broadly permissive approach to “Specialized Services” in order to allow a market for high-bandwidth, communication-oriented applications such as Telepresence to develop on the Consensus Internet. ITIF also advises that price scrutiny is more appropriate than blanket technical restrictions against such services. The Internet is currently a content-oriented system that is beginning to transition toward a system that supports a mix of content- and communication-oriented uses, and technical changes will be necessary to effect the transition.

ITIF also cautions the FCC against adopting overly-prescriptive regulations on cellular mobile broadband networks. Cellular networks are predominately communication-oriented today, but with the advent of 3G and 4G technology, they are transitioning to a mixed use model as well. Until LTE is fully deployed, mixed use cellular will be challenging, so the appropriate policy for the time being emphasizes disclosure over prejudgment of the technology’s most appropriate means of management.

The Internet is currently undergoing its most exciting transition since it was opened to the general public in the mid-90s. The potential for a pervasive, mixed use Internet to effectuate economic progress and bring about improved quality of life is considerable, and regulators have an important role in ensuring that rapid progress continues. This role is best served by encouraging the development of high-functioning, efficient networks with transparent terms of use and freedom from discriminatory pricing.

Internet Wars: A Who’s Who Guide

October 7, 2010
| Blogs & Op-eds

Back in the day, there were no protesters outside corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley and no one had a position on net neutrality because no one knew what is was.  But ten or 15 years in the life of the Internet is a long time, and today a person trying to follow the heated debate might need a field guide to sort through the wide array of groups and their philosophical or economic orientations.  In the recent report Who's Who in Internet Politics: A Taxonomy of Information Technology Policy, ITIF enlightens the debate with just such a guide, laying out eight categories of interest groups and explaining the complicated relationships between them.

Who's Who in Internet Politics: A Taxonomy of Information Technology Policy Perspectives

October 5, 2010 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
610A
Washington
DC
20005

The debate about the future of the Internet is more politically charged than ever. Internet policy issues are becoming more central. All groups involved in Internet policy share a goal of a robust Internet ecosystem but have sometimes vastly different definitions of robust and different views on how to achieve that goal. Read more »

Who's Who in Internet Politics: A Taxonomy of Information Technology Policy

October 5, 2010
| Reports

The debate about the future of the Internet is more politically charged than ever. Internet policy issues are becoming more central. All groups involved in Internet policy share a goal of a robust Internet ecosystem but have sometimes vastly different definitions of robust and different views on how to achieve that goal. In this report we identify nine distinct groups shaping Internet policy and how these groups view key Internet policy issues, including net neutrality, copyright, and privacy.

 

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Who's Who in Internet Politics: A Taxonomy of Information Technology Policy Perspectives

October 5, 2010
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The debate about the future of the Internet is more politically charged than ever. Internet policy issues are becoming more central. All groups involved in Internet policy share a goal of a robust Internet ecosystem but have sometimes vastly different definitions of robust and different views on how to achieve that goal.

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Network Policy and Economic Doctrines

October 4, 2010
| Reports

Disagreements over how to craft Internet policy have become more and more contentious and political. Beyond the technical and engineering aspects are economic questions. The points of view of various stakeholders and participants on such matters as privacy, net neutrality, copyright and other issues stem from four major economic philosophies: conservative neo-classical, liberal neo-classical, neo-Keynesian and innovation economics.

In this paper presented at the 2010 Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson analyzes how prevailing economic philosophies drive approaches to network policy in four key areas: broadband competition, net neutrality, copyright and privacy.

This article was published in the June 2011 issue of Telecommunications Policy.

Role of Managed Services on Broadband Networks

October 1, 2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
610A
Washington
DC
20005

Does the spirit of open networking embedded in the design philosophy of the Internet permit network operators to provide enhanced service tiers for a fee? This has been one of the central questions in the net neutrality debate in Congress since 2006. Read more »

Role of Managed Services on Broadband Networks

October 1, 2010
Audio and video from the event "Role of Managed Services on Broadband Networks."

Does the spirit of open networking embedded in the design philosophy of the Internet permit network operators to provide enhanced service tiers for a fee? This has been one of the central questions in the net neutrality debate in Congress since 2006. An open inquiry at the FCC seeks comment on this question, and a recent spate of stories in the media over FCC filings by Free Press, AT&T, and others highlights its contentious nature. Read more »

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