Easy to Build But Prone to Serious Losses

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With enough IT engineering talent, equipment, and access to an Internet network access point or other interconnection agreements, any community can build a government broadband network.  With a coherent and stable set of goals, and with the right quality and amount of management and technical staff, anyone can operate a community broadband network.  But that’s […]

ACI Files Comments on FCC Petition

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The FCC is considering a petition filed by two municipal-run broadband networks that asked the FCC to preempt state laws that limit the expansion of government-owed networks.  Today, ACI filed its comments pointing out how many of these networks are mismanaged, unprofitable and costly for consumers and taxpayers, as well as posing anticompetitive risks.  ACI’s comments are filed with the […]

ACI in the Hill’s Congressional Blog: Time for the FCC to Reconsider

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This piece, published in the Hill’s Congressional Blog by ACI’s president, Steve Pociask, discusses how the FCC’s restrictive wireless auction rules — rules that favor some bidders over others — is a recipe for failure.  The article shows that the auction rules will limit the proceeds, which in encourage fewer TV broadcasters to give up their spectrum.  That, […]

Net Neutrality – What’s Outside the Gate?

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Content purveyors are asking a big political favor from regulators – regulate Internet delivery networks by controlling the speeds and prices those firms are allowed to offer to everyone.  Under a brilliant but cynical choice of name, “net neutrality,” regulations would grant the wishes of one group of technical firms to the detriment of other […]

ACI in Real Clear Policy: Say No to Wireless Auctions Restrictions

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Real Clear Policy published an ACI blog that calls for open and competitive bidding rules for the upcoming wireless broadband auction.  To make matters worse, T-Mobile and Sprint have recently called on further favors from the FCC.  Read how these rules will negatively affect wireless consumers.

FCC Needs to End Bias Spectrum Bidding Rules

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Bidding Restrictions Could Lower Consumer Welfare by $230 Billion             To deal with the looming spectrum crunch, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which would, through reverse auctions, compensate TV stations for giving up broadcast airwaves and, through forward auctions, allow wireless service providers to repurpose the spectrum […]

Security and Trust are Both Lost

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A decade ago, Internet privacy violations were often pranks by script kiddies hoping to out-do each other through website defacements.  Today, such juvenile antics attract little notice.   Instead, more news covers criminal gangs from Eastern Europe who steal personal account and password information for bank and credit accounts.  Personal information and credit card numbers for […]

Are Net Neutrality Advocates Really Looking Out for Consumers?

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T-Mobile recently announced a new program called Music Freedom. The program allows their customers to stream music from a variety of streaming music services, including ones like Spotify, Slacker, Pandora and others, that wouldn’t count towards customer data caps. This announcement follows in step with other wireless carriers like AT&T, who previously announced their Sponsored […]

Senate Needs to Keep a Tax Free Internet

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Last week, after several years of attempts, the House finally voted to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. The bill would prohibit taxing access to the Internet at the state, local and Federal levels. The current ban on Internet taxation ends in just a bit over three months from today.  Therefore, it is important […]