Category Archives: Broadband Reg. and Net Neutrality

The net neutrality farce: From the start, the concept has been based on a flawed foundation


by Thomas Hazlett, New York Daily News, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

For the sixth time in the last decade, U.S. rules on “network neutrality” are set to flip. The controversial policy — first imposed by the Federal Communications Commission under Bush 43, then struck down by federal courts, then re-imposed under President Obama, then overturned again, then imposed yet again — is now slated for demolition by Ajit Pai, the FCC head appointed by President Trump.

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The Wall Street Journal: How Politics Stalls Wireless Innovation

The FCC unveiled its National Broadband Plan in 2010—but couldn’t stick to it.

Thomas W. Hazlett

October 1, 2017

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The Federal Communications Commission received a homework assignment in 2009—and an extra $13 million for school supplies. Congress ordered the agency to write a “National Broadband Plan” to stimulate the economy. The report, issued in March 2010, focused on opening up dormant radio spectrum for new uses. Citing the tsunami of mobile data usage, the study set a goal: The FCC should set free another 300 megahertz of prime bandwidth, more than used by Verizon and AT&T combined, for wireless broadband by 2015. That move would juice competition, unleash innovation and expand networks coast-to-coast.

FCC “Incentive Auction” marks progress and pitfalls towards freeing wireless spectrum

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Thomas W. Hazlett

In February 2009 the Federal Communications Commission began to draft a National Broadband Plan (NBP). Published in March 2010, the study asked how policymakers might improve broadband in the U.S.

The answer: use innovative market mechanisms to nudge more spectrum into the wireless sector. Cellular networks were exploding in popularity, hosting apps like Facebook and YouTube, and their capacities were being severely strained by the emerging mobile data tsunami. Yet, vast bandwidth was locked up under rigid allocations laid out for the technologies of yesteryear. More permissive rules would allow those frequencies to accommodate emerging networks and fuel robust competition in the mobile market.