Telecom

Publications

FCC Regulatory Upgrades Key to 5G Rollout
Jeffrey Westling

The need for high-speed broadband connectivity has never been clearer than it is today. While the pandemic forces Americans to remain indoors, the Internet remains a lifeline to the outside world….

R Street Charts Path Forward After Mozilla v. FCC
Tom Struble & Jeffrey Westling

I. Introduction
With its 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order (“2017 Order”), the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) wisely reversed course from the 2015…

Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Next-Generation Network and Services
Jeffrey Westling & Tom Struble

I.     Introduction
As technology advances, so too must the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) and its regulatory regime. Over the last four years, the Commission…

R Street Policy Study No. 182 Updating our Laws for the Modern Video Marketplace
Tom Struble

The laws governing our video marketplace have gone almost entirely unchanged since the 1990s, despite recent technological advancements that are radically reshaping the way Americans produce,…

The Telecommunications Act’s “Good Samaritan” Protection: Section 230
Jeffrey Westling

From Disruptive Competition Project:

Jeffrey Westling — Hawley’s Attack on Section 230 Hurts Conservatives 6/24/2019

It’s Time to Celebrate Markets in Wireless Spectrum, Not Undermine Them
Joe Kane

From Taxpayers Protection Alliance:
Exploiting a government power to carve out a monopoly on “private sales” is not only unfair but would also lead to less 5G deployment. One telecom…

, Inside Sources
Experts Weigh Whether Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Will Be Good For Consumers, Rural Areas
Tom Struble

Tom Struble, the R Street Institute’s Technology and Innovation Policy Team Manager, said the merger may hurt competition in the telecom industry but thinks it’s unlikely. Overall, he thinks the…

, S&P Global
States still a hurdle in Sprint/T-Mobile’s clearing regulatory path to close
Tom Struble

From S&P Global:

But Tom Struble — technology policy manager at the R Street Institute, a libertarian policy think tank — noted that courts tend to defer to the expert agency in cases…

, Lawfare
Do Patents Protect National Security?
Charles Duan

On June 12, the Wall Street Journal broke the story that Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co. had asserted more than 200 patents against Verizon Communications Inc., reportedly demanding more…

, The Benchmark
Are nonexistent connected cars slowing our WiFi?
Joe Kane

Getting connected to Wi-Fi can be a frustrating experience. Even if you can find a signal, your connection may be slow or unreliable. Sometimes the culprit may be many other devices trying to use…