Tag Archive: wireless

  • States Can Promote Next-Generation Wireless by Removing Regulatory Barriers

    | April 3, 2014 | Add a comment

    By: Seth L. Cooper State lawmakers should enact policies they believe to be sound, expedient and consistent with current federal law. Good state policymaking should not get sidetracked by speculations about future federal agency actions, as in the case with the FCC and cell tower sitings. Federal law and regulations … »

  • 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 … »

  • Wireless Tax Burden Harms US Economy

    | February 28, 2014 | Add a comment

    Since the Federal Communications Commission approved mobile devices for public consumption in 1983, the use of wireless phones has increased by 25 to 35 percent per year. Today, mobile technology is dispersed across more than 90 percent of the U.S. population and the number of cell phones in America exceeds … »

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

    | May 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

    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 … »

  • 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, … »

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    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 … »

  • Mobile Apps Market Making Moves for U.S. Economy

    | October 2, 2012 | Add a comment

    Notwithstanding the rest of the U.S. economy, experts believe the trajectory of growth in the mobile application (“app”) industry will reach new heights over the next five years. A recent Application Developers Alliance study concluded that app-capable devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire are rapidly gaining popularity: 62% … »

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    Cloud Computing Taking High-Tech Economy by Storm

    | September 19, 2012 | Add a comment

    What do Netflix, NASA and the Senegal Ministry of Finance have in common? They all operate in the cloud. Cloud computing is increasingly relevant to businesses, consumers, and even government, yet ‘the cloud’ remains a cloudy concept for Americans, including policymakers. According to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research, … »

  • Uber vs. City Hall

    | September 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

    Hailing a taxi is one of the most frustrating experiences in modern city life. Unfortunately, city government seems intent on keeping it that way. Uber, a San Francisco-based company, has developed a smartphone app that allows available limo and taxi drivers to connect with people looking for rides using GPS … »

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    Popular Good or Public Good? The Debate to Nationalize Facebook

    | September 5, 2012 | Add a comment

    Despite what history proves about the transient nature of the social media sector—who still uses Friendster or MySpace?—Philip N. Howard’s recent Slate column calls for regulation of the newest social media “monopoly” Facebook. In his article, entitled “Let’s Nationalize Facebook,” Howard proposes that the United States government seize the private … »