Broadband

FCC's Genachowski Reflects on Tenure

USA Today
Robert Atkinson commended Commissioner Genachowski’s ability to steer a moderate course during his tenure as FCC chair.

Confronting Broadband Reality

May 20, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

We've all heard the story: America's broadband networks are second rate. We pay exorbitant prices for shoddy service because broadband providers print money and hold innovation in a death grip. While America languishes, our competitors in Europe and Asia are racing ahead to a user-generated content utopia. The only way forward is a government takeover, or failing that, a massive dose of regulation.

The only problem with this story is that it's almost completely untrue.

The IP Transition: An Engineering Perspective

May 17, 2013
| Presentations

Senior Fellow Richard Bennett will present on on IP transition panel regarding how the pace of change in today’s telecommunications marketplace demands constant vigilance to keep up with the latest technologies. The devices that many of us use every day – smartphones, tablets, e-readers – are easy to “get.” But what about the networks these products rely on? How do they work, and are they able to keep up? Just as the black rotary dial gave way to the iPhone, so too are fundamental changes occurring in our networks, only it’s more difficult to see and understand. We’re moving from a system that has relied on copper connections and circuit switches to one that will be reliant upon fiber optics and Internet protocols. USTelecom has invited experts to discuss these changes, from an historical and engineering perspective. Visit the USTelecom website for more information.

Obama to Nominate Venture Capitalist to Head FCC

USA Today
Rob Atkinson weighs in on the nomination of Tom Wheeler, saying, "The historic nature of this transition stresses every fiber of communication policy. The new FCC chairman will have to focus his considerable talents on this challenge."

ITIF Responds to Selection of Tom Wheeler as New Chairman of the FCC

WASHINGTON (April 30, 2013) – In light of the upcoming announcement of the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), releases the following statement: Read more »

Bandwidth for the Buck: The State of Broadband Access and Competition in the U.S.

April 26, 2013 - 9:00am - 11:00am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20005

WATCH this event live on the ISOC Livestream Event Page. Read more »

Bandwidth for the Buck: The State of Broadband Access and Competition in the U.S.

April 26, 2013
A panel discussion on recent studies on the state of broadband competition in the United States.

Broadband internet is a vital technology for economic innovation and growth, therefore ensuring the highest levels of broadband competition and access are key to the future of the economy. Recently, several high-profile studies have examined the state of broadband competition in the United States and reached different conclusions. Watch ITIF President Rob Atkinson's remarks at this event.  

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What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

April 25, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20005

With the departure of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell, the agency will be resetting its goals for this year and the next, settling open issues, and possibly opening new inquiries. Read more »

U. S. Broadband Speed Slightly Better in Latest Akamai Report

April 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The latest State of the Internet report from Akamai shows United States broadband speeds are still moving up in the international rankings

What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

April 25, 2013
A panel of experts and stakeholders examine the issues and offer their recommendations for the next Chairman's agenda.

With the departure of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell, the agency will be resetting its goals for this year and the next, settling open issues, and possibly opening new inquiries. Key issues that remain unresolved include the phase-out of the public switched telephone network and the transition to all-IP broadband networks, spectrum reassignment and interference, high speed broadband deployment and adoption, universal service for both wired and mobile broadband, content retransmission rules, and net neutrality.  Read more »

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