A Yale Law and Policy Review article by former Obama Administration staffer Susan Crawford claims the National Broadband Plan forecasts a monopoly future for American broadband. ITIF Senior Fellow Richard Bennett examines Crawford’s claims and finds them misleading.
Has the FCC Created a Stone Too Heavy for It to Lift?
Among the issues the 112th Congress will grapple with is the FCC's pre-Christmas adoption of new rules governing the Internet. In a follow-up blog post to ITIF's statement, Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett comments on the hyperbolic assessments from groups on the left and right and offers general praise on the FCC's move. At the same time, he flags a concern about the rules related to "transport services," noting, "where the early drafts permitted these services as long as they were offered for sale on a non-discriminatory basis, the final rule arbitrarily presumes them harmful." When it comes to the technical questions that will arise as the FCC moves to implement the order, Bennett worries that the FCC may have built a "stone too heavy to lift."
Now Playing: Video Over the Internet
The conflict between Comcast and Level 3 over the Internet peering capacity needed to support Netflix streaming is an Internet de-peering dispute with wider ramifications. As TV moves to the Internet, ISPs will be required to make massive changes in the engineering of their regional sub-networks as well as major revisions to their business models. Policymakers should refrain from getting overly involved in this dispute, even though it's been represented as a net neutrality issue. Changing models of Internet usage have economic implications that have no good answer as of yet.