IIA Releases Guide to Broadband PolicyPromotes Excising Legacy Regs on Telcos, Swift Approval of Secondary Market Spectrum Deals 1/23/2013 8:07 AM Eastern
Among that guidance is that the transition to IP delivery is the future of communications, a future that will require reforming regulations meant for a copper wire, analog world. "Requiring incumbent telephone providers to maintain costly antiquated networks siphons investment away from deployment of advanced, high-speed next-generation IP-based networks that consumers prefer," the guide says.
AT&T, one of the alliance's members, has been pushing the FCC to deregulate traditional circuit-switched service as it transitions to IP rather than hold it to what it says are outmoded copper wire-based regs.
AT&T also ranks number one in a chart of "Top Technology Companies Betting on America" thanks to its $20.1 billion in capital expenditures. Comcast is No. 8 at $5.3 billion.
The guide recommends going easy on regulations meant "for a bygone analog monopoly provider era," getting more spectrum into the hands of broadband companies through broadcast incentive auctions, and by approving secondary spectrum deals between private companies.