The FCC should not be content with Universal Service Fund programs that extract perennial multi-billion-dollar sums from consumers and pour them into the pockets of ISPs. Rather, the Commission should examine how to scale back its programs and shift to more limited and consumer-targeted assistance.
Testimonies & Filings
February 17, 2022
February 16, 2022
Testimony to the House Administration Committee on “Big Data: Privacy Risks and Needed Reforms in the Public and Private Sectors”
To avoid a patchwork of conflicting state privacy laws and unnecessary costs, Congress should act swiftly to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation that preempts states, streamlines regulation, establishes basic consumer data rights, and minimizes the impact on innovation.
February 4, 2022
ITIF filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the matter of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Implementation (Docket No. 220105-0002), regarding the $48 billion to be administered by NTIA through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program; the Middle Mile Program; and the Digital Equity Planning Program.
February 1, 2022
Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy Regarding National Security Concerns With Antitrust Bills
Hobbling U.S. superstar firms only makes Chinese firms more attractive to American consumers and limits these companies’ ability to make security-enhancing investments. Congress would do well to heed the advice of our national security experts and not sacrifice our economic and national security with misguided antitrust bills.
January 25, 2022
Comments to the DOJ on Licensing Negotiations and Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents Subject to Voluntary F/RAND Commitments
The Draft Policy Statement is the wrong approach because it further weakens IP rights since the unavailability of injunctive relief tends to further shift away from the protection of patents from a property regime toward a liability regime. It also comes at the wrong time.
January 24, 2022
This bill aims to “reduce gatekeeper power in the app economy, increase choice, improve quality, and reduce costs for consumers.” But it will do the opposite: damage the app economy by decreasing choice and quality while increasing costs for consumers.
January 24, 2022
Comments to the Department of Energy on Deployment and Demonstration Opportunities for Carbon Reduction and Removal Technologies
ITIF is pleased to submit the following comments to the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Managements request for information regarding the opportunity for carbon capture and direct air capture technologies.
January 19, 2022
Open Letter to Sens. Durbin, Grassley, Klobuchar, and Lee Regarding the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992)
Instead of advancing S.2992 or adopting unsatisfactory manager’s amendments on a profoundly misguided bill, senators should consider its three underlying flaws.
January 14, 2022
Comments to OSTP on Biometric Technologies and Identity Verification, Individual Identification, and Inference of Attributes
Responding to an RFI on the use of biometric technologies, ITIF argued the government can help address and mitigate risks through independent public testing; performance standards; and more diverse training and evaluation datasets.
November 30, 2021
The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the FTC’s Draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022-2026. The following comments caution against the FTC’s new mission statement which indicates an unfortunate “Neo-Brandeisian” revolution at the FTC.