The Role of Technical Experts in Modern Telecom/Technology Policymaking

March 25, 2014
| Presentations

Doug Brake co-moderated Hot Technical Topics in Telecommunications and the Role of Technical Experts in Modern Telecom/Technology Policymaking.

How to Misuse American Customer Satisfaction Index Data to Try to Block a Merger

March 24, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Opponents of the Comcast/TWC merger have used data from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index as mud to sling in their holy war against consolidated markets. However, the low scores reflect the complexity of the providing high-quality internet and tv and frustration over call centers, not deeply embedded problems of competitiveness. If anything, a merger would help, not hurt, company's ability to better serve consumers. 

Cable, A Monopoly… If You Ignore Competitors

March 19, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

If you are going to oppose cable consolidation, at least recognize the current competition and acknowledge the benefits to a light-touch regulatory regime based on intermodal competition.

The National Broadband Plan: Four Years Later

March 19, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K St. NW
610 A

In March 2010, at the request of Congress, the Obama administration presented a strategy for expanding the availability and adoption of broadband Internet access nationwide.

The American Broadband Model Works

March 14, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

To be clear, broadband is a critically important input to our economy, education, and daily lives, and it is easy to think of it as a modern-day utility. But setting up a utility-like regulatory regime would be a large step backwards, serving to further entrench incumbents and kill incentives to upgrade our networks. Such a move is totally unwarranted by current facts.

The National Broadband Plan: Four Years Later

Netflix Grows Up

March 6, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The interconnection deal between Netflix and Comcast is not an unusual arrangement, and a good sign that the flexibility firms have in forming interconnection deals is working as intended. The deal better aligns incentives and improves customer's streaming. It is something we should be celebrating, but instead some are making hasty and unfounded comparisons to net neutrality.

Ignore Paranoid Bloggers: The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Is Good For Consumers

February 27, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Comcast, Time Warner merger is no doubt a large and important transaction.  But a merger this serious deserves a fair review with accurate facts. Unfortunately, the claims by some advocates, like Susan Crawford, that the transaction will destroy competition and broadband development are widely inaccurate and damaging to the necessary policy debate and public discourse.

Telecom Act Rewrite and the Potential Benefits to MWBEs and Minority Consumers

February 26, 2014
| Presentations

Doug Brake participated in a panel discussion that explored how the Telecom Act Re-write will influence other regulatory discussions such as net neutrality, peering agreements, IP network transition, etc. 

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