Telecommunications

Telecommunications

As the Internet has evolved from an occasional-use resource to a pervasive, always-on broadband ecosystem, the networking technologies underpinning it have developed faster than legal and regulatory frameworks can adjust. This has led to complex policy challenges that must be overcome to ensure that networks of the future can develop to their fullest potential.

Telecommunications
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December 7, 2017
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How should policymakers address the remaining obstacles to data flows outside the union?
December 6, 2017
Most competitiveness strategies focus on broad measures such as improving the business environment or supporting better factor inputs for firms. While necessary, these steps do not constitute an effective competitiveness strategy. Policymakers must go much deeper.
December 6, 2017
In a deeply integrated global economy, with a growing number of goods and services readily tradeable across borders, nations face stiff competition to grow and attract high-value-added, traded-sector industries. Refusing to engage in this competition is not an option- so how can policymakers stem the dangerous decline in U.S. economic competitiveness.
December 5, 2017
From government chatbots that respond to citizen queries to municipal infrastructure that predicts necessary repairs, the public sector of tomorrow has the potential to be significantly smarter than it is today. While some government agencies have taken first steps towards smarter government, all levels of government face significant obstacles that limit their ability and willingness to embrace data-driven innovation. What steps should policymakers take to overcome these obstacles and accelerate the transformation to smarter government?
December 1, 2017
In the absence of federal action, states should allow consumers to freeze and unfreeze their credit at no cost; impose time limits on how long credit bureaus can take to unlock credit reports; and consider freezing reports by default.
December 1, 2017
House and Senate tax bills currently favor individually owned “pass-through” companies, which make their owners a good living but don’t do much for net new job creation or overall growth. Lawmakers should focus more on tech-based startups that drive innovation and have much more long-term growth potential.
December 1, 2017
Join ITIF for two expert panels on the intersection of technology and the future of U.S. manufacturing.
November 30, 2017
Sovereign governments, whose job is to represent the interests of their citizens, not the world’s, rightly assert that they have jurisdiction over cyberspace, at least to the extent it plays out within their borders. The problem is when this turns into digital balkanization.
November 28, 2017
ITIF's Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the Article 29 Working Party, the advisory body of European privacy regulators, on its guidelines regarding algorithmic decision-making and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
November 28, 2017
The number of technology-based start-ups surged 47 percent in the last decade. These firms still account for a relatively small share of all businesses, but they have an outsized impact on economic growth, because they provide better-paying, longer-lasting jobs than other start-ups, and they contribute more to innovation, productivity, and competitiveness.

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Broadband
Broadband: advocating policies to accelerate deployment, access, and adoption of high-speed Internet, and encourage continued network innovation.
Wireless
Wireless: analyzing policies and trends related to wireless technology, spectrum management and sharing, and radio usage rights.