Supreme Court fight over outdated robocall statute has significant consequences

It has been quite a week for Facebook’s legal team. In addition to the antitrust cases that my AEI colleague Mark Jamison discussed yesterday, the company argued in the Supreme Court over the meaning of ....

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Rural broadband and C-band spectrum auctions cap successful run for FCC’s Ajit Pai

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched one of the biggest and most important wireless spectrum auctions in memory. The “C-band” is a large swath of airwaves perfectly positioned to catapult 5G wireless to ....

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Don’t call them data caps: A deep dive on usage-based broadband pricing

Last week, Comcast announced plans to expand its existing usage-based broadband pricing model to northeastern markets, prompting a fresh wave of criticism by some long-time opponents of the practice. But setting aside these critics’ loaded ....

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3 broadband mistakes that Biden should avoid

As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to “expand broadband, or wireless broadband via 5G, to every American.” We could pick at his wording, but we know that “every American” is an acceptable overstatement during ....

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O-RAN: Facilitating protectionism in the name of competition?

Since the US and other governments have effectively banned the use of Chinese (read Huawei, but also ZTE) equipment from future mobile communications networks, support for open radio access network (O-RAN) architecture has risen dramatically. ....

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Be careful what you wish for: A return to ‘net neutrality’ is a concern for the entire internet

For the past decade, “net neutrality” has been the catchphrase for internet freedom. “Protect your right to access what you want and how you want it on the Internet,” declared the ACLU. Public Knowledge defined ....

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5 reasons why Nobel Prizes in economics matter in tech

In case you missed it, Professors Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson received the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for their work on auction theory, which is used extensively in tech. Auction theory may not sound ....

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3 reasons why Biden will kill off net neutrality

There are several reasons to think that a Biden administration (if the electoral vote count holds) will resurrect net neutrality, a policy adopted by the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 and then reversed by the Trump FCC ....

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The FCC’s work on light-touch regulation and spectrum allocation continues to enable the internet and technologies of the future

Under Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) work on light-touch regulation and spectrum allocation has made a big difference in helping advance next-generation technologies. The policy changes made by the current FCC have ....

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What does a ‘clean’ network look like, and why does it matter?

In early August, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Donald Trump administration’s Clean Network program, a “comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign ....

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