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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.
A 5-year-old app gets bought for $19 billion (WhatsApp). A document sharing firm gets valued at $10 billion (Dropbox). And cable TV firms are losing customers in their main video business. The Internet is booming, challenging established industries all around. Yet many greeted the news that Netflix would connect its video servers directly to Comcast with apocalyptic shrieks of Internet doom.
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.
Although it is often idealized as a technologically connected continent, Europe’s broadband system is actually highly fragmented and in great need of overall improvement. The European Union should simplify and reduce regulation of broadband providers, remove barriers to consolidation, and embrace a market-led, technology-neutral approach to broadband.
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.
Technology policy combines four complex disciplines: law, economics, engineering, and policy analysis. Very few people have comprehensive backgrounds in all four fields, so they tend to rely on the judgments of people with stronger grounding. But policy advocates often misstate facts in their own areas of expertise, either intentionally or as a result of subconscious bias.
Join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy as we ask our visiting fellows to look into the crystal ball and make predictions for 2014.
This week's decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the Open Internet Order's no-blocking and non-discrimination rules, is very important. But, despite its importance, it is really not all that surprising.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered its decision yesterday in a case brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. In its ruling, the court vacated anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules enforcing so-called "net neutrality," or the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.
Join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a Google Hangout discussion in which panelists will discuss the importance of this ruling, what it means for the Internet, and what is likely to happen next.
In this conference, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, mental health and disability experts, and an economist will discuss current hurdles to rehabilitation, and suggest alternatives that could more effectively expedite the reintegration of veterans into their families, communities, and workplaces.
Please join Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), AEI, the Heritage Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative for a timely discussion on the 2014 QDR and the future of American defense strategy in an era of constrained budgets.
This event is livestream only.
AEI’s Philanthropic Freedom Project welcomes Bill Gates for an exclusive event at AEI.