IIA Releases Guide to Broadband Policy
Promotes excising legacy regs on telcos, swift approval of secondary market spectrum deals
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/23/2013 9:00:00 AM
Among that guidance is that the transition to IP delivery is the future of communications, a future that will require reforming regulations meant for a copper wire, analog world. "Requiring incumbent telephone providers to maintain costly antiquated networks siphons investment away from deployment of advanced, high-speed next-generation IP-based networks that consumers prefer," the guide says.
AT&T, one of the alliance's members, has been pushing the FCC to deregulate traditional circuit-switched service as it transitions to IP rather than hold it to what it says are outmoded copper wire-based regs.
AT&T also ranks number one in a chart of "Top Technology Companies Betting on America" thanks to its $20.1 billion in capital expenditures. Comcast is No. 8 at $5.3 billion.
The guide recommends going easy on regulations meant "for a bygone analog monopoly provider era," getting more spectrum into the hands of broadband companies through broadcast incentive auctions, and by approving secondary spectrum deals between private companies.
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