Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett
Former Staff
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Richard Bennett  has a 30 year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 task group that devised the original Ethernet over Twisted Pair standard, and has contributed to Wi-Fi standards for fifteen years. He was active in OSI, the instigator of RFC 1001, and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab. He has worked for leading applied research labs, where portions of his work were underwritten by DARPA. Richard is also the inventor of four networking patents and a member of the BITAG Technical Working Group.
Richard frequently speaks at network industry gatherings and policy conferences in the United States and abroad, such as FutureNet, State of the Net, Supernova and eComm. He appeared before the FCC’s en banc hearing at the Harvard Law School as an expert witness on network management, and has been cited in numerous FCC submissions. His experience with legislative bodies spans two decades, beginning with expert witness testimony before multiple committees of the California Legislature in the ’90s and continuing to recent testimony before Congress on Internet privacy. He has served on boards and commissions in California overseeing various parts of state government and has advised governments on broadband policy. Richard has published articles and book chapters in the academic and tech press, major newspapers, IEEE Spectrum Online, and has appeared on radio and television. Additionally, Richard has been appointed to a two-year term on the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) Regulatory and Economist Panel.
Richard’s written work on wireless networks and the Internet’s structure and regulation forms a central part of the broadband policy debate, framing often emotional issues on a dispassionate and technically sound basis.

Richard Bennett  has a 30 year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 task group that devised the original Ethernet over Twisted Pair standard, and has contributed to Wi-Fi standards for fifteen years. He was active in OSI, the instigator of RFC 1001, and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab. He has worked for leading applied research labs, where portions of his work were underwritten by DARPA. Richard is also the inventor of four networking patents and a member of the BITAG Technical Working Group.

Richard frequently speaks at network industry gatherings and policy conferences in the United States and abroad, such as FutureNet, State of the Net, Supernova and eComm. He appeared before the FCC’s en banc hearing at the Harvard Law School as an expert witness on network management, and has been cited in numerous FCC submissions. His experience with legislative bodies spans two decades, beginning with expert witness testimony before multiple committees of the California Legislature in the ’90s and continuing to recent testimony before Congress on Internet privacy. He has served on boards and commissions in California overseeing various parts of state government and has advised governments on broadband policy. Richard has published articles and book chapters in the academic and tech press, major newspapers, IEEE Spectrum Online, and has appeared on radio and television. Additionally, Richard has been appointed to a two-year term on the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) Regulatory and Economist Panel.

Richard’s written work on wireless networks and the Internet’s structure and regulation forms a central part of the broadband policy debate, framing often emotional issues on a dispassionate and technically sound basis.

Recent Publications

August 27, 2013

Pew Research Center reveals 95% of America’s young adults use broadband at home.

August 21, 2013

In the second post in a two part response to Susan Crawford’s attack on his New York Times op-ed “No Country for Slow Broadband,” Richard Bennett deconstructs Crawford’s analytical errors.

August 7, 2013

As America prepares to retire the public telephone network that served us so well for nearly 100 years, we need to take stock of the broadband networks that have taken its place.

July 31, 2013

An 8,000 word blog post by Susan Crawford attempting to rebut my New York Times op-ed is riddled with analytical and factual errors. See part one of a two part response.

July 29, 2013

“Is the Internet an enabler of rich new networks and applications or simply a faster telephone network? Progressives need to choose a vision to animate public policy.”

July 25, 2013

In this Letter to the Editor for the LA Times, Bennett notes critics who harp on yesterday's broadband problems retard needed progress.

July 8, 2013

The replacement of copper telephone wire destroyed by superstorm Sandy with an wireless equivalent is drawing overblown criticism from some quarters.

June 17, 2013

America's broadband networks are better than those in Europe in terms of speed and coverage, despite the widespread belief to the contrary.

May 20, 2013

There is a great disparity between the traditional broadband narrative and the American broadband reality.

April 25, 2013

The latest report from Akamai shows U.S. broadband speeds are still moving up in the international rankings.

April 22, 2013

The argument for a massive reorganization of America’s broadband markets depends on a set of facts that don’t exist.

April 16, 2013

Examining the degree of meaningful choice U.S. broadband providers give their consumers.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 25, 2013

A panel of experts and stakeholders examine the issues and offer their recommendations for the next FCC Chairman's agenda.

February 12, 2013

Examining the state of international broadband comparisons.

September 21, 2012

Panel debate over the implications of the recent PCAST spectrum report.

May 15, 2012

An expert panel searches for practical solutions to the spectrum crunch.

April 18, 2012

How does competition work in the mobile Internet economy?

September 23, 2011

An examination of the recent FCC report analyzing U.S. broadband performance.

September 13, 2011

What set of policies will make more spectrum available for innovative uses?

August 2, 2011

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski unveils the results of the first nationwide test of residential wireline broadband service in a report, Measuring Broadband America. The event features Parul Desai, Communications Policy Counsel for the Consumers Union, and Richard Bennett, Senior Fellow at ITIF.

May 17, 2011

An exploration of lessons learned in wireless networking that impact spectrum assignment policies and contemporary issues in spectrum.

January 25, 2011

ITIF Senior Fellow Richard Bennett;participated in a panel at the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's 7th annual State of the Net Conference;on January 19, 2011.The panel debated the future of Internet video from a policy perspective.

November 2, 2009

ITIF hosts a discussion of the tension between regulation and innovation in the Internet context.

September 25, 2009

At this event ITIF released a report that reviews the historical development of the Internet to show that it has always had intelligence built into the core of the network and that it will have to going forward.