Internet Innovation Alliance Releases Hill Guide to Broadband Policy

Promotes excising legacy regs on telcos, swift approval of secondary market spectrum deals

At the State of the Net conference Wednesday (Jan. 23), the Internet Innovation Alliance is releasing a "guide to all things broadband"--a booklet meant to give legislators guidance on informed decisionmaking about Internet policy as IIA sees it.

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 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 number 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 seconday spectrum deals between private companies.