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Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your inquiry on an update of the Communications Act. Your latest inquiry asks the public to comment specifically on the question of peering and interconnection in communications markets, and on the role of government in regulating these agreements.
Verizon intends to manage traffic for the heaviest users of its unlimited mobile plan. The FCC is raising concerns, but Verizon explains that its actions are compliant with the FCC's definition of reasonable network management.
As the FCC makes its third attempt to develop a regulatory policy for the internet, it can either apply the principle of “permissionless innovation” or it can adopt Title II - a contrary rule that limited the pace of innovation in the telephone network.
Netflix is asking to get transit , like thousands of other Internet companies, pays third parties for transit. Now it wants to get the service for free through regulated price controls and a reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers.
The FCC’s net neutrality rules are based on the false premise that U.S. broadband services are sub-standard compared to other countries. In fact, the market is meeting consumer needs and outperforming every comparable market in the world.
European Union leaders are so desperate for re-election in May that they will sacrifice their very platform for the sake of net neutrality and free roaming, feel good palliatives that pander to voters.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn't like paying for Internet connectivity. For decades, content providers, websites, ISPs, and consumers have paid fees to connect to the next level of the network. Call it Internet access, or call it "transit" or "paid peering." But Hastings has a better idea. "Instead," Hastings demands "they must provide sufficient access to their network without charge."
There are strong arguments in favor of allowing the third largest US wireless carrier, Sprint, to acquire the fourth, T-Mobile, but Sprint Chairman (and Softbank CEO) Masayoshi Son's assertion that current performance of the U.S. mobile market is "terrible" isn't among them.
Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, have launched a multi-year effort to reform the Communications Act of 1934. Already their effort has been lauded by Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who deemed the effort warranted and necessary.
In the U.S., headlines often read that America is falling behind other nations, particularly the European Union, and that to achieve next generation broadband availability, more government involvement is needed. But government-led broadband is truly a house of cards: The U.S. has far better Internet service than the EU, and the EU says so.
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