July 17, 2018
T-Mobile and Sprint—the third and fourth largest mobile carriers in the United States, respectively—are in the process of merging into a single company under the T-Mobile brand. Together, T-Mobile–Sprint would have roughly 127 million subscribers, meaning the merged firm would for the first time rival the nations’ two largest wireless companies, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which have long led the pack among U.S. carriers.
July 8, 2018
Every time a major corporate merger is announced, pundits predictably warn of impending doom if regulators allow it to happen. Yet, pundits and regulators don’t know any better than you or I how a merger will turn out. And unlike investors and entrepreneurs, they don’t have their own money at stake, so they don’t have any incentive to innovate or react to changing conditions.
June 13, 2018
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a new video on Internet sales taxes in which Center for Technology and Innovation Associate Director Jessica Melugin explains why Congress needs to keep Internet sales taxes off the backs of small business owners online.
June 11, 2018
Today is the first day of the Internet operating under the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), which was adopted last December but is only coming into force this week. RIFO repeals the previous regime of regulation, implemented under former FCC chairman and Obama appointee Tom Wheeler, which regulated Internet service providers unter Title II of the Communications Act of 1934—the rules for so-called net neutrality.
May 15, 2018
On Wednesday, May 16, the Senate is expected to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that purports to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom order. The order, approved by the FCC in December 2017, reversed the agency’s earlier decision in 2015 to regulate Internet service providers like public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act, a federal law originally enacted in 1934 to govern the old Ma Bell telephone...
May 11, 2018
Our friends at the Free State Foundation recently held their 10th Annual Telecom Policy Conference here in Washington, D.C., and the proceedings covered the most important issues facing consumers, regulators, and the industry. From net neutrality to 5G rollout to consumer privacy, FSF President Randy May and his guests provided smart analysis of where policymakers should be going and whether they’re headed in the right direction.
May 9, 2018
The debate over net neutrality is heating up again this week, as Democrats in the Senate attempt to overturn new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last year. The Restoring Internet Freedom Order, issued in December 2017, returned federal Internet regulation to the standard that existed before the Obama-era FCC implemented flawed and unnecessary net neutrality regulations in 2015. We at CEI believe going back to the pre-Obama rules is by far the smartest move, and thus are opposing the effort to repeal the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
April 18, 2018
Yesterday, members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Internet prioritization. Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) opened by stating that the Internet is based on prioritization and that prioritizing some content over others is already a crucial tool for network management—analogous to ambulances being granted priority over passenger cars on roadways.
April 17, 2018
The British House of Lords recently published a report on artificial intelligence, which includes policy recommendations that would hamper the development of AI domestically and antagonize foreign innovators. Parliament would do better to focus on removing the barriers currently in place, rather than developing new ones.
March 15, 2018
To usher in a new era of 5G virtual reality, 4K video, and self-driving cars, a major network upgrade is needed. The greater data demands of such innovation will require a denser network infrastructure than exists today—more and smaller radio access nodes located closer together, known as small cells. At its Open Commission Meeting on March 22, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on reducing some of federal the red tape slowing deployment of the next generation of 5G.