April 15, 2020
Thanks to the novel Coronavirus, the U.S. economy has come to an unprecedented halt and the country’s death toll stands at more than 20,000. Amid the suffering, a few bright spots in commerce have emerged, much to the benefit of American consumers. So, naturally, the federal government continues to devote its time and energy to threatening those same industries.
April 7, 2020
Government spending is ramping up in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. A significant chunk of the economy has shifted to telecommuting. There are now calls to combine these emergency elixirs. However, raining more government dollars on the broadband sector would simply amount to doubling down on existing policies that have questionable efficacy and undeniable long-term side effects.
March 31, 2020
As the COVID-19 crisis ransacks our economy, the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” carries increasingly important wisdom. By any objective account, the American Internet and the companies that power it are performing nothing short of heroically during this crisis. Turning their temporary charitable efforts into an indefinite tax is the opposite of the reward they deserve.
March 23, 2020
Last week, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular all asked the FCC for temporary access to additional spectrum to accommodate the recent increased demand for wireless services. This, like so many aspects of the coronavirus health crisis, is an unprecedented situation, but the need for more wireless spectrum will persist with the introduction of 5G technology.
March 9, 2020
On March 9, CEI submitted comments to the FCC on its proposal to reallocate a portion of the 5.9 GHz band from Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to unlicensed Wi-Fi. In recent years, the growth of Wi-Fi devices has congested the unlicensed bands immediately adjacent to the 5.9 GHz ITS band, creating tension between the automotive and telecommunication industries.
March 5, 2020
Today, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the EARN IT Act, a bill that ties critical intermediary liability protections for online platforms, known as Section 230, to meeting yet-to-be-determined regulations regarding the spread of child sexual abuse material online. While the bill's goal is critically important, there are reasons to believe this legislation would backfire and is designed to accomplish other goals beyond its stated purpose, such as weakening online privacy protections powered by encryption.
March 3, 2020
Calls to regulate “big tech” firms continue to grow louder. Concerns range from the ability of these firms to influence the political landscape to allegations of anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions. Regardless of the specific gripe, the accompanying purported solutions almost universally involve more government regulation. However, these sentiments are just the latest versions of a problem that has plagued antitrust law since its inception: the relevant market fallacy.
February 26, 2020
If you’re reading this, the Internet is alive and well. If you’re wondering how the Internet is doing, just picture a rocket—symbolizing both the incredible Internet speeds and new technological frontiers achievable through deregulation.
February 18, 2020
At the FCC open meeting on February 28, the commissioners will vote on a critical matter regarding a proposed public auction for what is known as the C-Band of wireless spectrum. This band of spectrum is currently allocated and underutilized by fixed satellite companies. While any underutilization of a finite yet critical resource such as wireless spectrum is problematic, the C-Band is ideally suited for fifth generation or “5G” wireless service. CEI has long supported efforts to make more efficient use of the C-Band.
February 5, 2020
Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a new proposal on the use of television white spaces, unallocated bands or allocated and unused bands of spectrum in certain, largely rural geographic areas, that are additionally suitable for providing wireless broadband Internet signals.
So long as government, rather than markets, continues to control the allocation of spectrum in the United States, the more spectrum that can be made available for commercial use, the better.