Tag Archive: Communications and Technology

  • Message to States: Don’t Let High Pole Attachment Rates Become Barriers to Broadband

    | June 5, 2015 | Add a comment

    This article by Seth L. Cooper first appeared at the Free State Foundation on June 1, 2015. State and local governments have important policy roles to play in spurring deployment of next-generation broadband to their communities. One important thing that states can do to incentivize broadband growth is prevent unnecessary … »

  • Arbitrary Pole Attachment Fees Can Limit the Spread of Broadband

    The value of access to broadband is well-known, and discussions of how to increase the spread of broadband most effectively and efficiently are common. But, often not discussed are the many simple ways in which current blockades to the spread of broadband could be removed or new barriers avoided. Of … »

  • New House Bill Takes Major Strides in Overcoming Washington’s Wireless Regulatory Hurdles

    | April 2, 2014 | Add a comment

    On March 28, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 2175, a significant step forward in promoting the Washington’s telecommunications competitiveness. HB 2175 was fashioned to alleviate regulatory restrictions on wireless expansion in Washington state. Under current law, wireless providers must submit applications, pay large fees and obtain permits … »

  • A Broadband Plan for the States

    | February 5, 2014 | Add a comment

    Today we are pleased to release a white paper entitled The States’ Broadband Plan, a set of three suggested policies designed to promote broadband connectivity in the states. This white paper comes in response to legislators’ requests for proven ideas to foster more economic growth through technology and improve public … »

  • The Perils and Promise of State Internet Policy

    | January 23, 2014 | Add a comment

    As state and local policymakers grapple with new digital trends, from Uber to Big Data, they’re increasingly coming into conflict with key federal limitations on their ability to regulate the Internet. In general, we should be skeptical about government’s ability to regulate the Internet smartly. But if any legislation is … »

  • U.S. Broadband Success: the Proof is in the Piping

    Last week, the New York Times published an article quoting Professor Susan Crawford claiming that “monopolists who resist innovation” currently dominate the broadband space. That same day, the FCC released its Internet Access Service Report announcing that the total number of broadband connections hit 100 million—indicating that broadband providers are … »

  • Calling for Excessive Cell Phone Taxes? Please Press One

    | February 20, 2013 | Add a comment

    By Michael Lambert If you’re subscribing to a cell phone in Washington State, you might want to consider becoming an Oregonian, where lower cell phone taxes are markedly cheaper. According to a recently released study by the Tax Foundation, American consumers pay on average 17 percent in cell phone taxes … »

  • Internet

    Don’t Let Government Break the Internet

    | January 28, 2013 | Add a comment

    It’s great to hear just about anybody speak on Internet freedom, but U.S. Representative Steve Scalise did the topic justice at this year’s State of the Net Conference in Washington, DC. Discussions at the highly-anticipated conference ranged from Big Data and the Cloud—perhaps the most used and least understood terms of … »

  • Susan Crawford’s flawed argument about broadband competition

    | January 14, 2013 | Add a comment

    Susan Crawford, a professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, argues in her interesting and provocative new book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age that broadband Internet should be treated more like a traditional public utility such as electricity, water, sewer. She writes, … »

  • globe networks

    Is Broadband a Monopoly?

    | November 1, 2012 | Add a comment

    Broadband is often described as the “core” of the Internet ecosystem—little more than the basic infrastructure across which users interact, and subject to heavy-handed government regulations that reflect this assumption. However, AEI visiting scholar Jeffrey Eisenach challenges this assumption, arguing instead that broadband is an integral part of the Internet … »