Below is our statement on President Obama nominating Tom Wheeler to replace Julius Genachowski as head of the FCC:
IIA Congratulates Wheeler on Nomination to Be Next FCC Chairman
Recommends modernization, innovation and humility as goals for regulators
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 1, 2013 – The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the next Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
“Tom Wheeler is well-equipped to lead the Federal Communications Commission during a time that is crucial to the continued expansion and advancement of Internet technology. We congratulate him on his selection to serve as the next chairman of the Commission.
“In this new role, we hope he focuses on enabling the infrastructure investments required to put high-speed broadband access in the hands of more Americans. This resource is critical for education, health and entrepreneurship, and government and business must work together to increase its availability.
“As the leadership transition at the FCC takes shape, we look forward to our continued work with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn who has been named interim Chair of the Commission. Her strong vision and focus on driving programs that will help bring high-speed broadband to more Americans is critical to the Administration’s technology policy goals.”
“As no one can predict the outcome of technological investments made today, modernization, innovation and humility should be the focus of regulators.”
IIA Applauds Effort to Make Spectrum Screen Better, More Predictable & Transparent, But Notes More Spectrum Is the Key Issue for 2013
Weighs in on ways to spur investment and growth in mobile with comments for FCC’s Mobile Spectrum Holdings NPRM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 23, 2012 – Responding to the opportunity to offer comments on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focusing on FCC policies regarding mobile spectrum holdings, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband access and adoption for all Americans, today released the following summary and statement from its comments filed with the FCC:
1. Uncertainty Is Undermining Economic Growth & Job Creation.
2. Mobile Broadband Offers Extraordinary Potential to Drive Sustained Economic Recovery and Innovation.
3. Government Policy in 2013 Should Focus on Making More Spectrum Available for Private Use and Providing Greater Certainty for Investors.
“IIA believes the existing unpredictable, non-public process for changing spectrum screens undermines economic growth by failing to provide investors with the transparency, predictability and flexibility needed to properly consider wireless broadband investments. While freeing more spectrum for mobile broadband use remains the most important new policy priority, creating an open and predictable process for evaluating the amount of spectrum carriers will be allowed to possess is essential to promoting investment and growth in commercial mobile services.
“Today’s wireless marketplace is highly competitive, with nine out of ten consumers having a choice of five or more service providers in local markets across the nation. Future spectrum screen analyses should acknowledge such competitiveness, in addition to recognizing differential values of spectrum with varying propagation characteristics. Criterion should not disqualify or impair any carriers from participating in the upcoming Incentive Auctions or future auction of new spectrum. Clarity – both in the screen and knowledge that it will not unexpectedly change in mid-stream – should be sought to encourage more robust secondary markets.
“Spectrum screen decisions by the FCC should be made through the regular rulemaking process including the provision of notice, the issuance of proposed rules, an opportunity for interested parties to comment and judicial appeal from the final promulgated rule. Such a process assures that the rules will not be changed after carriers have made substantial investments in reliance on current screens. That certainty, which the present spectrum screen change process lacks, will stimulate investment and promote planned and orderly growth to the market for mobile services.”
Read our full comments on the FCC’s website.
$14 Billion Investment in U.S. Broadband Infrastructure via Project Velocity IP (VIP) Is Boon to American Economy, Say IIA
Transition to next-generation networks will create jobs, benefit consumers and businesses nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 7, 2012 – The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband access and adoption for all Americans, released the following statement in response to IIA member AT&T announcing plans to invest $14 billion to accelerate the Internet Protocol (IP) transition and bring high-speed, next generation wireless and wireline broadband to millions more consumers and businesses nationwide via Project Velocity IP (VIP):
“With the election now behind us, it is time for America to get back to work. The broadband economy has powered America’s recovery for the past four years and offers the brightest opportunities for future jobs, innovation and growth. In the right policy environment, we can expect to see remarkable efforts by entrepreneurs and employers to expand the reach and power of next-generation networks.
“Today’s exciting announcement by AT&T is one striking example of what our innovators are capable of doing. There are others across the nation, from garage start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.
“The Internet Innovation Alliance is eager to work with policy makers around the country, highlighting what works and how the right investment environment can re-ignite our national energies and spur continued innovation across the nation.”