ITIF Event: What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2013) - With the departure of Federal Communications Commission (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. The new Chairperson will be tasked with shaping this agenda, while also dealing with the continued impact of mobile communication, new media and the Internet on traditional communications law and rulemaking.
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Book Presentation: The Need for Speed

April 11, 2013
ITIF host "The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century" book launch.

The twenty-first-century telecommunications landscape is radically different from the one that prevailed as recently as the last decade of the twentieth century.  In their new eBook, The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century, Robert Litan and Hal Singer argue that the Federal Communications Commission’s outdated policies and rules are inhi Read more »

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Obamaphone in the Crosshairs

April 10, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The growth of the “Obamaphone” fund is one example of of this transition. Let’s not confuse poor people who use use basic 21st century communications services with welfare abuse. There is not shortage of genuinely poor and needy people in America who need a little help from the rest of us, and we have an obligation to help. So by all means, attack the fraud but don’t turn America into a nation of insiders and outsiders in which the well-off spend their time abusing the needy.

Today's app economy has created an estimated more than 500,000 jobs.

Mobile technology is expanding the digital frontiers far beyond what was even imaginable a few short years ago. To ensure that mobile broadband reaches its full potential, nations must continue to support both the deployment of mobile broadband technologies and the proliferation of mobile computing devices through which to access the Internet. Read more »

Metro's Cellphone Installation in Trouble

The Washington Examiner
The delay caused by Powerwave could last between three months and a year, depending on the bankruptcy proceedings, said Richard Bennett.

My State of the Net Comments on the Importance of the Internet to Economic Growth

January 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rob Atkinson reflects on his presentation at State of the Net.

An Inconsistent Mandate

January 9, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Lawmakers should ignore the “single technology mandate” for some cell networks but not for others before this ill-considered notion becomes a precedent that sets the U.S. on the road to a European-style, innovation-killing mobile regulation regime.

Sparks Will Fly at Spectrum Incentive Auctions Hearing

December 12, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

On December 12, 2012, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing with all five FCC commissioners to examine the upcoming spectrum incentive auction. Sparks will fly over the licensed vs. unlicensed apportionment and over bidder eligibility, but these issues would not be nearly so contentious if civilians had access to some of the spectrum currently held by the military.

Does the PCAST Report Move Spectrum Policy in the Right Direction?

September 21, 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently issued a controversial report on spectrum policy. The report declares the current system of spectrum reallocation "unsustainable" and recommends that the sharing of raw spectrum by multiple network operators should be the new norm. Read more »

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