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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October 30, 2017
While local governments can and should manage much of the evolution to “smart cities,” national governments have an important role to play as well in accelerating and coordinating their development. Indeed, the long-term success of smart cities will likely depend on whether national governments support their development.
October 27, 2017
Not all personally identifiable information is the same—and the conventional wisdom that restricting data sharing is the best way to prevent “informational injury” is simply incorrect. To accurately identify potential consumer harms and intervene more effectively without impeding innovation, the FTC needs to take a more nuanced approach.
October 26, 2017
The European Commission’s unilateral push to force EU member countries to collect steep taxes from U.S. companies will jeopardize efforts to negotiate better fixes for the international tax system.
October 26, 2017
When it comes to wind energy, some in Nebraska say “not in my backyard” (also known as NIMBY). But state decisionmakers should also consider those who welcome wind energy with a “please in my backyard” (or PIMBY) approach.
October 26, 2017
Many technology industries are characterized by relatively high levels of industry concentration, with one or a few firms holding significant market share. This has sparked alarm among some who assert that such concentration is anti-consumer and call for more aggressive antitrust enforcement. Yet antitrust scholars have shown that in many cases the concentration helps consumers and spurs economic growth.
October 25, 2017
China’s objective is to become competitive across virtually all advanced-technology industries—and the techniques it is using pose a direct, and even existential, threat to high-tech industries in the United States and other countries.
October 16, 2017
It’s time for a new approach to counterintelligence outreach to the commercial sector—one that focuses more on recognizing and responding to threat indicators, less on turning to investigators once damage has already been done.
October 12, 2017
Many privacy advocates argue businesses should have a legal obligation to obtain affirmative consent from consumers before collecting and processing data. However, opt-in policies often have negative impacts on business. Join ITIF for a discussion about this ongoing policy debate including the latest research in privacy.
October 11, 2017
The United States used to dominate the world in R&D investment, with its federal funding alone exceeding the rest of the world’s public and private spending combined. But no more. Today, the U.S. government accounts for less than 10 percent of the global R&D pie. Rob Atkinson explained whither and why at the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy.
October 10, 2017
BRUSSELS—Data innovation is a significant and growing part of Europe’s economy, but EU member states are not equally poised to benefit, according to a comprehensive analysis released today by the C

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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.