Verizon (VZ) seems to have the lead in the deployment of 5G wireless network in 2017.
America's East Coast Is Telecom Toast in 2017. Lowell McAdam, Verizon's CEO, spoke at a UBS investor conference, December 6th, 2016; (Transcript from Seeking Alpha). He claims that the city of Boston, Massachusetts is a model of the networks to come. "So, if you look at Boston, and I think Boston is going to be the prototype of the architect for the networks to come... So, we'll be able to go in and offer an IPTV-based services, the streaming service, the broadband service either be a 4G advanced, or be a 5G, and I think we'll get to 5G." Summary If Boston is the model, then anyone who wants or expects Verizon to deploy fiber optic services to their home or office or city--in any state--should stop hoping or expecting. Worse, here's what you should expect in 2017. Verizon told Boston that 100% would be 'upgraded' to FiOS, a fiber to the home (FTTH) service within 6 years. Now, it seems, Verizon was just kidding; it will upgrade a small part of Boston, but at the same time lay the fiber to the cell sites for wireless because it makes the company more profits. So what if wireless '5G' doesn't work yet or that this holds up most of the East Coast of America's fiber next steps for a bait-n-switch? (Verizon controls from Massachusetts through Virginia, (with a part of Connecticut).) But, wait a second -- Who's actually paying for the wires to the cell sites used by Verizon Wireless in this bait-n-switch? I'll get back to this issue. (Add the fact that the FCC is in transition and the transition team leader is a consultant to Verizon, there is little expectation of a federal investigation of this matter in 2017.) The Bait I've written a series of articles about Verizon's fiber optic commitments to the citizens of Beantown, but the buzz has been everywhere. Example: The Boston Globe wrote in April, 2016 that FiOS would be deployed to 100% of the City within six years. "FiOS rollout in Boston could take up to 6 years "Verizon is finally ready to offer its high-speed fiber optic service to Boston -- a victory for city officials who have long sought meaningful competition for high-speed Internet and TV service in a city dominated by Comcast Corp... Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the Verizon move Tuesday, a $300 million investment that will roll out in select neighborhoods beginning this summer but will take six years to cover the whole city." The Switch These are two maps which include Greater Boston and the surrounding areas as well as Verizon's Boston fiber optic plans. On the right, The entire city of Boston, with the six year FiOS roll out depicted, as told by Verizon, April 2016. There are four major areas in different colors. The areas of blue are the 'starting point'. Based on the recently signed cable franchise agreement, December, 5th, 2016 The blue parts are the only group mentioned in the cable franchise agreement. The other colors: orange, green and pink, are other areas that Verizon claims will be done--but are not mentioned in the cable franchise. On the left, The Greater Boston area, which includes the four zones but in context to the surrounding cities and towns. All of the areas of grey have not been upgraded to fiber as of 2015; this includes Watertown, Revere and Salem, among others. Simply put: There are no written guarantees Verizon will do any other fiber to the home deployments in Boston past the starting point. This is not what the public was told or understands. However, based on Verizon's various statements to investors, the plan was always to do a part of Verizon Boston with actual fiber to the home, and, as predicted, start tests with wireless--because it makes the company more profits. Francis Shammo, EVP, Verizon, stated at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, September 22, 2016: "But it's going to be a fixed broadband wireless solution. "And if you think about the cost benefit of that, today, if you think about FiOS and what it costs me to connect a prem to FiOS. I have to lay the fiber down the street, but then I also have to then connect the home, go into the home, make sure the wiring is right, put in install the boxes, install the routers. "If you think about 5G, you put the fiber down the road, which is what we're doing in Boston. Then all of the labor and the expense of drilling up your driveway connecting the OT to your house and all the labor involved with that, all that goes away, because now I can deliver a beam into your - into a window with a credit card size receptor on it that delivers it to a wireless router, and there's really no labor involved and there's no real hardware other than the router in the credit card. So the cost benefit of this is pretty substantial, at least, we believe it is." Those Lucky Few: 28% of Boston Shall be Offered Service. Just so we're clear, here's the actual language. Verizon is only doing 28% of Boston to start. "Section 13.14 Adjustments to Reflect Expanded Service Areas Several provisions in this License have included values reflecting the Licensee's initial Service Area represents only a portion of the City, approximately twenty-eight (28%) of the City's geography. As new Service Areas are added, a new portion representing the increased Service Area of Licensee in relation to the City's geography shall be calculated by agreement between the parties prior to the Effective Date for such expansion. Thereafter, certain values in this License, originally calculated to be approximately 28% of a City-wide value, shall be increased proportionately based upon the new revised proportion, effective as of the Effective Date for the increased Service Area." And that's it. There is no plan for 100% of Boston; no schedule, no agreement to continue to other areas to offer the fiber to the home, nothing but language that essentially says what is in this document is the full scope of the franchise area. "(d) Service Area Additions: Following the Effective Date, Licensee may propose to add one or more geographic areas within the City to the Service Area pursuant to the provisions of 207 CMR 3.07. Unless mutually agreed upon by written instrument executed by the Parties, any amendment made pursuant to this section shall be limited exclusively to the identification of the additional geographic area or areas to be added to the Service Area and shall not materially amend any other substantive provisions of the License. Neither party may condition its consent to a Service Area addition on the amendment of any other substantive provision of the License or any other consideration. Any geographic area of the City not expressly designated as being within the Service Area shall not be subject to the License unless and until the License has been formally amended to incorporate the area into the Service Area. Exhibit 1 of this License shall be amended as necessary to include the addition of geographic areas to the Service Area and all areas identified as being within the Service Area shall be subject to the terms of this License." The Future of Verizon's Entire East Coast for 2017? Wait... Until Verizon does the tests of wireless in Boston and some other locations, there are no expected new deployments of fiber to the home. More importantly, we've heard such exciting things about 5G being deployed in 2017. To recap: Fierce Wireless Headline: December 8th, 2015 "Verizon's McAdam: 5G speeds will be up to 1 Gbps and will be live at Verizon HQ in January (2016) DSL Reports: July 27th, 2016 "Verizon Eyes 'Wireless Fiber' 5G Broadband Launch in 2017" Lowell McAdam, December 2016: "So, we'll be able to go in and offer an IPTV-based services, the streaming service, the broadband service either be a 4G advanced, or be a 5G, and I think we'll get to 5G." 37 or More Problems with Verizon-Boston's Bait N-Switch, Impacting America. There are so many things wrong with this picture that it requires some more reflection. To be continued... -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Would you like to play a game of baseball...inside of an elevator? Or drive from LA to Vegas in a BMW 7 Series...on a dirt road? If this is what you like, then come to America where your online experience is mostly the same. A new Federal Communications Commission report confirms what you already knew: millions in this country are still suffering with very slow Internet speeds. So how slow? First, a quick primer. To see how fast the Internet is, download, upload and average speed (page load) times are measured in Mbps, or megabits per second. This is not to be confused with MBps, which is megabytes per second because...you can clearly see...the "B" is capitalized. No, I am not kidding. No, you are not allowed to kill the next tech guy you see. A good download speed is 25Mbps. The global average for Internet speed is 5.6Mbps. So again, how slow? According to this article in Ars Technica that (thankfully) summarizes the FCC report, there are about 25.1 million households with download speeds of less than 25Mbps. Of those, 22.4 million have speeds less than 10Mbps. About 6 million households are downloading at less than 3Mbps. Upload speeds are just as poor for many Americans. More than 25% of homes in this country still don't have a fixed Internet connection at all. The data was from 2015, so improvements are expected. The average Internet speed across the U.S. during the same period, according to the Akamai State of the Internet report from earlier this year is 14.2 Mbps which is almost three times the global average. But let's not get too excited. We're not even in the top 10 of countries around the world. Businesses and consumers in South Korea (26.7Mbps), The Netherlands (17.0Mbps) and (gulp) Latvia (16.7Mbps) have faster Internet. Why so slow in the U.S.? Older infrastructure holds back some. Competition among broadband providers in some parts of the country is scarce. And even when available, some people don't want to pay for faster access, preferring to stick with slower, DSL or satellite connections and instead spending their money on stupid things like the mortgage and education. The report also found that only 24% of areas had at least two Internet Service Providers offering broadband with download speeds in excess of 25Mbps. There is some good news from the report. Download and upload speeds are increasing. Faster broadband access is becoming more available. More households are getting online. South Korea has opened up a toll-free tech support line for its U.S. friends. The most promising is that there are less than three weeks of Hallmark Christmas movies left. There is a serious lesson for business owners here: the Internet in the U.S. is still not great and still not as accessible as we would like it to be. Software companies are relentlessly pushing their cloud-based apps on us, and device manufacturers promise faster and more responsive hardware. All of that is great -- as long as it works. But if you've got a remote employee, a far-flung independent contractor, a key salesperson who works from the road and they don't have access to adequate Internet service, their productivity will suffer. OK, maybe not as bad as when they try to work online using Gogo Internet on an American Airlines flight -- but it could be significant. Before moving more of your operations to the cloud and before demanding that your employees enter data from their mobile devices or while on the road, take the time to make sure you've considered their local Internet speeds and make accommodations where necessary. Pay for faster access when available. Consider mobile plans with faster connections. Allow some time for them to do data entry when they're better placed. Lower your expectations for when they're mobile. Otherwise they'll get frustrated and so will you. The cloud relies on the Internet, and the Internet in this country still needs a lot of improvement. This is a fact, and we need to adjust to that reality. A version of this column originally appeared on Inc.com. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
PAYBACK’S A… YOU KNOW: The Most Potent Federal Regulatory Agency Will Answer Solely to Donald Trump. The [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] was unaccountable to Congress and the president—but not the courts. A federal appeals court ruling in October changed the fundamental structure of the CFPB and will allow future presidents to have direct control over […]
The ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as -- Incentive Auction -- conducted by the FCC, has so far seen lukewarm response from bidders.
Here's what we'd like to hear her say before Donald Trump takes office -- a call for a shadow government that will watchdog everything he and Congress do. Imagine that a day or two before Donald Trump's inauguration, Hillary Clinton, as the candidate who received the greatest number of votes -- and after a period of personal reflection and evaluation -- addresses the nation: My Fellow Americans, On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. As mandated by our Constitution, he received a majority of the votes in the Electoral College and thus for the next four years will be given the powers and responsibilities of our nation's chief executive. But I believe that I, too, have a mandate, one given to me by the 65 million of you who supported me over Donald Trump in the popular vote, some 2.6 million votes more than he received. If we are to continue as a democracy, for the next four years and beyond, those voices cannot stay silent. I urge every one of you who voted for me to help express that mandate and make sure our voices are heard. As each of them comes up for re-election, we will field candidates to run against Donald Trump and his friends in Congress and the statehouses, and we will run against them hard. But until then, let us prepare by joining together as a movement and creating the constituency of what will be, in effect, a shadow government -- one that will serve to track and respond to every single bad action undertaken by the Trump administration and its monolithic Congress. This shadow government will forthrightly express its opposition to such actions and not only call them out as the damaging policy they are, but also offer constructive alternatives that we believe will serve and advance the proper agenda for our nation. No proposal or executive action will go unanswered. We'll even voice support if it's warranted -- but I fear so far there is little evidence that will be the case. Historically, this follows the British tradition of a shadow government created by the party in opposition that monitors the ruling party and creates greater transparency, encouraging an honest dialogue based on facts and a thorough knowledge of history and policy. Our shadow government will reflect the experience and knowledge of a core group of men and women who understand how policy is made in Washington, but it will also call on the wisdom and experience of elected mayors, state legislators, public servants, activists and organizers who know the needs of our municipalities, counties and states across the country. I propose that for every Cabinet officer named by Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate, we in the opposition will have a shadow cabinet member who will monitor the work of that department and comment as needed. Consider one example: President-elect Trump has named Tom Price, a U.S. Representative from Georgia, to be secretary of health and human services. He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which now offers health coverage to more than 20 million Americans who have never had it before. Whomever we select as our shadow secretary of health and human services will speak out against repeal -- but should Secretary Price recognize reality once he is confirmed and offer changes or alternatives that make sense and do the most good for the people, the shadow secretary will voice support. What's more, our opposition will be vocal against any attempt to privatize Medicare, which some leaders of Donald Trump's party have announced as a major and immediate goal. As a general principle, the shadow secretary would urge that the United States move closer to a single-payer system, a Medicare-for-all health care like those in so many other countries that would be more equitable, save lives and create a healthier, more prosperous society. Does this run contradictory to what I supported during my campaign? Yes, it does. I was on the wrong side of the issue. Most of us are familiar with St. Augustine's observation that it is human to err; few are aware that he went on to say: "It is devilish to remain willfully in error." Our shadow secretary of state and secretary of defense will support America's interests abroad, remain true to our long-term relationships with NATO members and other allies, and constantly work toward peace. While protecting ourselves from terror, we will continue to be a nation of immigrants that welcomes those who come to us in genuine pursuit of liberty and a fresh start. Nor will the dog whistles of hatred and prejudice that haunted the campaign and the weeks after go unchallenged. Our shadow department of justice will continue the fight for civil rights and voting rights that the incoming administration threatens to suspend. We will not let discrimination destroy our country. We will have a shadow secretary of the treasury, a shadow secretary of health and human services, secretary of education and secretary of veterans' affairs. Each and every Cabinet-level post will have its equivalent, as will the heads of many of the top regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. A shadow version of the Securities and Exchange Commission will speak out against attempts to return Wall Street to the reckless days of speculation and behavior that led up to the terrible financial crash of 2007-08 and the recession that followed. President Obama inherited both and worked hard to lead the recovery. Thanks to the policies of the last several years, President-elect Trump will inherit a thriving economy very different from the one the Republicans left behind in 2004 -- and very different from the one he described during his presidential campaign. But I have said to my own friends on Wall Street, whom I came to know as constituents and donors when I served two terms in the Senate, that I now firmly believe that "business as usual" will no longer do. A United States of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase is untenable if prosperity is to reach Main Street instead of hitting a dead end on Wall Street. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is DOA. As candidates, Donald Trump and I agreed on that. Our shadow US trade representative will favor international agreements that continue the flow of goods and services among nations but preserve jobs while generating new ones and protecting our interests. Further, we will monitor transactions like the recent Trump-Pence deal with Carrier, which keeps several hundred jobs in Indiana while still losing hundreds of others to Mexico in exchange for the kind of tax breaks that Donald Trump denounced during his campaign. We'll tell the truth behind the propaganda and the optics, and work instead toward a healthy, thriving atmosphere for economic growth. A shadow Federal Communications Commission will oppose media consolidation and resist attempts by a Trump-era FCC to overturn the net neutrality rulings that protect a free and open internet. And a shadow Environmental Protection Agency will make sure that any attempts to pollute clean air and water, to pay off industry with deregulation, will be unable to hide in the shadows away from the public eye. You get the idea. In doing all of this, we hope to bolster the system of checks and balances essential to our republic -- a system that already is being battered by an onslaught of irrational, authoritarian impulses. In the face of the fake news epidemic that infects social media, we'll make freely available to the press and the public facts and data essential to the functioning of a representative government in which all viewpoints are fairly heard. We will call out the continuing scourge of money in politics. Every one of us in politics knows that even as we seek the votes of everyday Americans during our campaigns, once elected it is the big donors who get our ear. I am especially disturbed that President-elect Trump has named as his White House counsel Donald McGahn, a man who has eviscerated campaign finance reform in our nation. We also note that many of his Cabinet choices, including Secretary of the Treasury-designate Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of Education-designate Betsy DeVos have donated or bundled millions for Donald Trump and the Republican Party. As the Center for Responsive Politics has noted, Ms. De Vos and her family have given "at least $20.2 million to Republican candidates, party committees, PACs and super PACs" -- some of it to senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will vote on her confirmation. Our shadow government will support the reversal of Citizens United and other court decisions that have flooded politics with rich people's money. During the recent campaign, I called over and again for reversing Citizens United, and I realize now that my own fundraising among the wealthy compromised my position. Again, I was on the wrong side. Sen. Bernie Sanders was on the right side. He showed all of us that you can mount an effective national campaign with small donations from millions of American citizens. That's the way we must go. Our shadow government will be dedicated to ending the buying of America by the superrich. The Washington swamp that Donald Trump has pledged to empty obviously will not be "drained," given his myriad conflicts of interest, the "kitchen cabinet" of corporate CEOs he has chosen to advise him, and his support of the same old revolving door between corporate America and government. Our shadow government will call out those who spin through that door -- including members of Congress from both parties, who pass through it at dizzying speeds to join lobby and legal firms that use their influence to line their pockets and swell the profits of the corporations that hire them. It's time to end the crony capitalism that backslaps and pays off its pals as it kicks the working class to the curb. No more bribes in the form of tax cuts for big business. No more backdoor deals -- or threats -- that briefly generate jobs or only temporarily keep them in America. Again, I know that some of you are saying that Hillary Clinton has been guilty of many of these things, too. And again I say, to a great degree, yes, it's true. You know the words of the great American poet Walt Whitman: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself." But I want to go deeper than that, and say that when you lose a campaign for the presidency, despite receiving millions more votes than your opponent, you ask yourself: "Where did I go wrong? How was I tone deaf? Why couldn't I reach the people who doubted me and convince them I was on their side?" I see clearly now that I simply didn't understand or appreciate the full extent of people's frustration with how lopsided our political system is in favor of privilege, or how the inequality in our economy has devastated their own lives and their children's futures. It is the greatest mistake of my political career. I'd like to think I have learned from this last campaign how and why my party and our nation have gone wrong. It's the painful lesson of my long career in public service, and I now take to heart the words of historian Mark Mazower, who has said: "The political class has a very impoverished historical memory and as a result it has a very limited imagination. It is by and large made up of people who do not see themselves in politics in order to effect sweeping change and so they tend to operate very incrementally and very technocratically. They're very suspicious of vision and as a result what fills their brains is party calculation - which of course always occupies politicians but in the past coexisted with bigger things." This must end. Our shadow government will be devoted to the vision of bigger things and a better America for all. All of you will be able check our progress. And we will regularly hold hearings around the country to listen to what you have to say, especially in the regions where so much economic hardship and personal loss have resulted in millions of voters sending up a cry for change, no matter the messenger. In the immediate days to come, we will hammer out the details on how best to choose and organize this watchdog government. I hope you will join with me and offer your thoughts as we identify those who carefully will watch the Donald Trump presidency and report to you his missteps, excesses -- and when called for, his successes. Our eyes are upon you, Donald Trump. As we work to protect and better our country, you will hear from us, loud and clear. We will not be complacent and we will not allow the trampling of our republic to go unchallenged. Thank you. May God bless -- and save -- America. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
President-elect Donald Trump has offered few clues on his tech agenda. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Aside from a few populist nuggets in a fieryGettysburgspeech, President-elect Trump didn’t give tech-policy junkiesmuch to go on during his campaign. At this point, we're desperate for clues. Twelve days after the election, Trump satisfied our craving by [...]
Self-driving, autonomous vehicles — a topic of speculation, if not science fiction, just five years ago — are suddenly going mainstream. Every major car manufacturer is offering prototypes or early models of cars that do most of the driving automatically, including luxury models from Tesla with a built-in “autopilot” feature. Startups and major tech companies, notably Alphabet’s Google X division, are investing heavily in smart car technology, as are network ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This means self-driving cars have shifted from a period of wild experimentation directly to market adoption — what Paul Nunes and I describe in our 2013 HBR article as “big bang” disruption. Before long, we’ll stop referring to the underlying technologies involved — including lasers, radar, cameras, embedded sensors, and advanced machine learning software — in terms of what they’re replacing. “Self-driving” or “smart” cars will simply become whatever we call the next generation of transportation technology. The change will become invisible. But typical of disruptive transformation in other industries, the U.S. legal system is already having trouble keeping up with the pace of developments in transportation. When Google first began testing its almost comical-looking prototype vehicles on California roads in 2009, lawmakers didn’t even have a vocabulary to talk about the new technology, let alone any understanding of whether driving rules and accident liability laws dating back 100 years or more would need to be adapted or completely rewritten. Insight Center The Next Analytics Age Sponsored by SAS Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. It’s not just the rules of the road that will be affected by driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles will profoundly affect insurance, road design and construction, traffic management, taxi and limousine services, the materials and safety equipment in vehicles, and asset ownership (who needs to own a car when one can simply be summoned from the most efficient location?). All of these are heavily regulated, often by federal, state, and local agencies. While cars have been getting smarter and smarter, the removal of human operators is what will dramatically change the law. For centuries, the principal assumption behind our transportation supply chain, one baked deeply into the legal system, is that cars are dangerous — or, to be more specific, that drivers are. Get behind the wheel, and suddenly you are calculating thousands of precise time and motion trajectories and contingency scenarios, and the effects of other drivers of widely varying skill levels making the same calculations. Errors compound, causing unnecessary traffic slowdowns at best and multiple-vehicle pileups at worst. Plus, the rise of mobile phones is being blamed for a new spike in U.S. traffic deaths. From the beginning, self-driving vehicles have proven to be better drivers than most human operators, since software is able to learn as it goes. Networked smart vehicles, for example, can safely travel much closer together — a technique known as platooning. The legal system is playing an urgent game of catch-up, focused on the perhaps lengthy interim period when autonomous vehicles share the roads with distracted, drunk, and error-prone humans. Lawmakers face a critical choice. History affords plenty of examples of the right ways and the wrong ways to manage the regulatory transition from one paradigm to the next. Done correctly, an evolving legal system can encourage optimal investment in technologies that will increase social welfare, public safety, and sustainable energy consumption, as well as positively impact labor markets, land use, public health, and more. If lawmakers don’t handle this correctly — well, consider Red Flag laws. At the dawn of the first automotive age, laws were passed in some areas that required a person carrying a red flag to warn people that a “horseless carriage” was coming. Pennsylvania went further, requiring that motorists “stop, disassemble their vehicle, and conceal the parts in bushes if the car frightened a passing horse.” (Only a veto by the governor kept the law, passed unanimously, from taking effect.) Even in the last few years, we have dozens of examples of both the right and wrong kind of regulation for autonomous vehicles, where individual states are experimenting with everything from largely open legal frameworks to outright bans. Given its proximity to much of the innovation, California has given the most thought to the transition, already working through several draft regulation revisions since 2012. (The Stanford Center for Internet and Society keeps an active list of laws proposed, passed, and defeated across the U.S.) In an effort to impose some consistency, the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) belatedly released its own guidance in September for both federal and state policies, aimed at encouraging safe but accelerated deployment of autonomous vehicle technologies. NHTSA recognizes the danger of untested new technologies but tries to balance that risk against the existing dangers of human drivers, who kill over 30,000 people a year in the U.S. alone. The sooner we get law-abiding robots on the road, the report concludes, the sooner many of those lives — along with billions of gallons of wasted fuel and an equal number of hours of productivity lost in traffic — can be saved. For now, developers will be asked to report on 15 distinct safety assessments, including obvious topics such as data privacy and crash-worthiness, as well as existential questions about how vehicle software will resolve ethical problems such as when to break the law to get around traffic obstacles or when to prioritize the safety of one vehicle over another. The NHTSA guidance has been well-received by developers, with the exception of a suggestion that some “pre-market approval authority” might be required, similar to design reviews of commercial aircraft overseen by the Federal Aviation Authority. According to Adam Thierer, author of Permissionless Innovation, in an op-ed: “This would require any new driverless car design to be approved by NHTSA before reaching market and could even be extended to pre-approval for new software updates on existing models. The main problem with such a pre-market approval regime is that it significantly increases the time and cost of deploying driverless cars onto the road.” But the law of smart vehicles isn’t all reactive. As with the original introduction of the automobile, governments play a key role in building and funding new infrastructure. Smart roads and sensor-driven traffic management systems, for example, will need to replace our badly aging highway system, especially in urban areas. Our new smart infrastructure will also require real-time, high-reliability, low-latency communications networks. These systems, known as 5G, are already being tested in the U.S. and Asia but require coordinated allocation of radio frequencies and reduced local bureaucracy in approving permits for underground cabling and overhead antennae. To its credit, the FCC is already on the case, as is the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, and the White House, along with state counterparts in many, but certainly not all, states. The Department of Transportation last month announced the winners of its Smart City challenge, which will provide $65 million in grants “to become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies — self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors — into their transportation network.” First place went to Columbus, Ohio, but other cities are working to get smarter sooner. According to Brent Skorup, research fellow at the Mercatus Center, Atlanta has taken an early lead in integrating smart vehicles. “Atlanta has built a dedicated fiber and electrical network in a downtown corridor in order to support roadside sensors and cameras for driverless cars,” Skorup said. “The city is currently soliciting proposals from tech companies to test and develop driverless car and roadside sensor technology.” As these examples suggest, getting the right policies in place at the right time isn’t just a matter of allowing the sometimes chaotic transformation of affected industries. The states and the countries that provide the most-balanced regulatory environment, offering predictability and encouraging innovation with needed safeguards, will gain significant competitive advantage in the development and manufacture not just of smart cars but of the industries that support them. And if the claims of self-driving vehicle entrepreneurs even come close to proving accurate, the secondary benefits of fully autonomous transportation will be even more substantial. More-efficient vehicles will vastly improve human productivity, air quality, and overall livability, allowing for efficiently-designed urban and suburban communities. The cities, states, and countries that get there first will attract new investment in industries having nothing to do with transportation. That’s where the real disruptive innovation will come from.
U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is likely to commence the stage 3 of the second part (forward auction) of the ongoing Incentive Auction.
The odds of AT&T‘s mega-merger with Time Warner going through appear to be more favorable, amid positive signals from the incoming U.S. presidential administration and increasing possibility that the deal would be able to avoid FCC oversight. Below we outline some of the recent developments relating to the deal. See our [...]
The FCC recently issued letters to two major telecom providers in the U.S. -- Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T).
The FCC sent strongly-worded letters to AT&T and Verizon over their zero-rating data plans. But it could be running out of time to take action before Trump is inaugurated.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais In less than two years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed so many onerous regulations – including reclassifying Internet providers into a category befitting of public utilities with considerable regulatory oversight – there should be little surprise why broadband investments fell 12% during the first half [...]
In March 2015, the President launched the TechHire initiative based on a simple idea: Building a pipeline of tech talent can bring new jobs to local economies, facilitate business growth, and give local residents a pathway into the middle class. To build such a pipeline, TechHire addresses employers’ great need for technology talent with emerging models for quickly training people with limited ingoing technology skills to be job-ready in months, not years. Today, there are nearly 600,000 open IT jobs across all sectors—more than two-thirds of which are in fields outside the tech sector, such as manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. These jobs pay one and a half times more than the average private-sector job, and training takes less than a year with emerging programs like “coding bootcamps,” free open data trainings, and online courses like the Department of Commerce’s Data Usability Project and massive open online courses (MOOCs) by the Federal government, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Since its launch, TechHire communities across the country have piloted fast-track training programs designed to give people skills that are in high demand by employers. So far over 4,000 people have been trained and connected to work opportunities with local employers, earning average salaries of well over median income. Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith announced how private organizations will seize on this progress with new steps to meet the scale of the opportunity. Expansion of TechHire to over 70 Cities, States, and Rural Areas. Earlier this spring, we announced that communities had exceeded the President’s goal of doubling the size of the TechHire initiative, reaching a total of 50 communities. Yet even after we made the announcement, new communities continued expressing interest to participate—so today, we are announcing 20 new communities joining the TechHire initiative, working with about 500 employers (and counting). As of today, communities in 39 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico, have joined TechHire. Growth of theTechHire Action Network. Today, we are announcing a partnership between [email protected], an independent social enterprise, and the U.S. Department of Education to take the lead in continuing to support, organize and grow the more than 70 cities, states, and rural areas participating in the TechHire initiative. TechUP's Include.io 27-City Roadshow 2017. TechUP | WeTechUP.com is launching the Include.io 2017 Roadshow across 27 cities in the United States to ignite 100,000 diverse and non-traditional tech talent and help 1,000 companies build their best teams. The Challenge and Opportunity People Need Opportunities to Retool and Retrain for Good Jobs More than Ever Over the past decade, towns across America have experienced shifts in prevalent industries and jobs due to rapidly evolving technologies and other factors. These changes have too often made workers’ skills less relevant, impacting their employment options and, in some cases, leading to spells of unemployment that make it difficult for families to meet even their most basic of needs. When workers lose their jobs or get stuck in lower-wage jobs because of local economic shifts due to no fault of their own, they should have clear pathways to the middle class. Technology jobs can offer this pathway. Nearly 40 percent of these jobs do not require a four-year degree. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of fast-track tech training programs like “coding bootcamps” that prepare people with little technical know-how for tech jobs, often in just a few months. A recent survey from Course Report found that bootcamp graduates saw salary gains of 38 percent (or about $18,000 annually) after completing their programs. The U.S. is Massively Underinvesting in Training for Jobs in Technology and Other In-Demand Fields to Meet Employers’ Needs In the face of a large and growing need of companies and workers to retool and retrain, the U.S. is massively underinvesting in job training programs. The federal government’s largest job training investment program only trains about 180,000 U.S. workers per year. America spends 0.03 percent of GDP on training while other countries are investing nearly 20 times more. And in spite of the evidence that apprenticeships are one of the most effective training tools, fewer than five percent of workers in the U.S. train as apprentices, relative to 60 percent in Germany. In early 2010, there were 14.4 million unemployed Americans. Current funding levels would only allocate $212 per person for training and reemployment services, an insufficient amount compared to a $1,700 average semester cost for a community college. During times of high unemployment in 2009, many states reported training waiting lists of thousands of people long due to funding gaps. Training workers in the US for 21st-century jobs will require a significant increase in investment from current levels, which are far below Germany and other European countries. This investment would benefit our businesses, our workers, and our economy by focusing on technology and other in-demand skills that are critical to fill existing jobs and attract and create new jobs in communities. More Details on Today’s Announcements Expansion of TechHire to over 70 Cities, States, and Rural Areas with 20 New Communities Signing on Today The TechHire initiative began in March 2015 with 21 communities, and today it has grown to over 70 communities working with 1,500 employers on three key actions: Opening up recruiting and hiring pathways for people without traditional credentials who can demonstrate that they have the skills to succeed in a tech job regardless of where those skills were attained. Recruiting, incubating, and expanding accelerated tech learning programs – such as high quality coding bootcamps and innovative online training – which enable interested, unexperienced students to rapidly gain tech skills. Connecting people to jobs by investing in and working with organizations that can vouch for those who have the skills to do the job, but who may lack the typical profile of education and experience. 20 New TechHire Communities Announced Today Today, the following 20 communities are joining the TechHire initiative: Alachua and Bradford Counties, FL Anchorage, AL Arizona (State of) Bellevue, WA Boston, MA Carroll County, MD Central Florida El Paso County, TX Howard County, MD Mobile, AL Oklahoma City, OK Omaha, NE Pensacola, FL Puerto Rico Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico Stamford, CT Tampa Bay, FL Toledo, OH Trenton City, NJ Tulsa, OK A detailed summary of each community can be found at the end of this document. Growth of TechHire Action Network [email protected], an independent social enterprise, will partner with the U.S. Department of Education and others to continue to support TechHire communities to implement, grow, amplify, and sustain their TechHire initiatives locally and across the country and organize the Action Network. Key goals of TechHire and the Action Network include: Connecting employers to nontraditional, often overlooked, and more diverse tech talent and lifting up best practices from model companies. Aggregating resources and partnerships to help underrepresented groups access and progress on tech career pathways. Recruiting new TechHire communities and partners across sectors to support TechHire and advance the goal to expand access to fast-track tech training for underrepresented groups. Developing and collecting tools and resources on TechHire.org to support job seekers, employers, educators, and community partners. Working with communities to identify and leverage federal, state, local, and philanthropic funding more effectively to support TechHire activities and accelerated tech training. Expanding the learning network of TechHire leaders across the country, convene national and regional events to promote collaboration among TechHire hubs, share best practices, and troubleshoot common challenges. For more details, visit the TechHire.org page. TechUP's Include.io 27-City Roadshow 2017 The TechUP + Include.io roadshow will bring together TechHire partners, technologists, recruiting leaders, and local community innovators to showcase the depth and breadth of incredible, diverse tech talent across the Unites States. Each city event features tech demos, workshops, and a career fair to highlight the next generation of technologists, thought leaders, and scale human connections. Their goal will be to spark local tech ecosystems, build momentum around inclusion, fill open tech jobs and change the face of technology. --- Summary Descriptions of the 20 Communities Joining TechHire Today We are pleased that communities continue to spread the TechHire initiative across the country, and today we announce an additional 20 communities who have developed cross-sector coalitions to train workers with the tech skills they need for the open tech jobs that local employers are seeking to fill. A summary of each of the communities is below: Alachua and Bradford Counties, FL In Alachua and Bradford counties, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, CareerSource of North Central Florida (CSNCFL), the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce will collaborate with Gainesville Dev Academy and others to train and place at least 300 individuals into programming and app development jobs by 2020. This program will help serve local tech jobs across all sectors, including local tech companies like Immersed Games, MindTree, Onward Development, NextGen, and Verigo. Anchorage, AL Led by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, the Anchorage Mayor's Office will work with Anchorage Community Land Trust, Code for Anchorage, Future Coders of Alaska, Lynda.com, Coursera, and other programs to train and place over 500 workers into tech jobs by 2020. Once trained, program graduates will fill the needs of local employers including GCI, Municipality of Anchorage, Resource Data. Inc, and PangoMedia, as well as help retain Anchorage's top talent. To help connect graduates to jobs, the Alaska Department of Labor aims to revamp the interface for the state job-seeker platform. Arizona (State of) The State of Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity will leverage a “No Wrong Door” approach to recruit disconnected youth and nontraditional candidates into tech training and jobs across industries from aerospace & defense to financial services. The Arizona Tech Council, Arizona’s premier trade association for science and tech companies, will help leverage the resources of the tech community to focus on expanding tech talent, along with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. In partnership with the University of Arizona and other local training providers, TechHire Arizona aims to train and place over 100 individuals across southern Arizona and Maricopa County over the next year, which is slated to increase to well over 500 individuals across Arizona by 2020. Bellevue, WA TechHire Bellevue will bring together local employers, government and workforce development resources, with educational support from Coding Dojo and Bellevue College to facilitate training and hiring of local talent into tech jobs. The TechHire effort aligns with local employers' missions to increase workforce diversity. Examples include Microsoft's LEAP and Civic Tech programs, as well as Expedia, which has hired nearly a dozen Coding Dojo graduates to date. TechHire Bellevue will specifically target under-served populations locally, including minorities, veterans and the homeless, to help them learn and connect with local tech jobs. Boston, MA A regional consortium of Boston employers and training providers are blazing the path to IT jobs, led by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the City's workforce development board, and SkillWorks, a regional funders' collaborative. Companies from a range of sectors—including healthcare, education, government, technology, and finance—will support the initiative. TechHire Boston plans to more than double the number of high school Tech Apprentices from 100 to 250 and increase the number of individuals connected to IT-related jobs to 500 by 2020. Carroll County, MD Carroll County employers, training providers, and community organizations are uniting to train and employ more than 200 local tech workers by 2020. Led by Carroll Community College, the Carroll Technology Council and the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. (MAGIC), a broad group of partnering organizations will connect local participants in leading-edge tech training programs to a network of over 520 county employers. Central Florida CareerSource Central Florida is developing a coalition across sectors to train and place 100 people within the year and 400 people by 2020 into tech jobs, with an emphasis on serving underemployed, minority, and female candidates. The University of Central Florida, Valencia College, and Florida Institute of Technology will each play a role in developing trainings for students to quickly learn tech skills. Businesses from across Florida that participate in the Florida High Tech Corridor Council will support the initiative with an array of commitments, including commitments to consult on course design, interview candidates, and provide on-the-job learning opportunities. El Paso County, TX Emerging companies in El Paso County will soon have an influx of talent, thanks to collaboration among the Workforce Solutions Borderplex Development Board Area and local partners to lead Reboot El Paso, a collective effort to create and expand IT career pathways. The initiative aims to train and place 400 individuals into tech jobs by 2020. First, the coalition will build awareness among non-traditional candidates, with an emphasis on veterans, the long-term unemployed, and youth. Then, the coalition commits to develop a pipeline to jobs with employer partners and assess applicants for fit to the jobs with competencies rather than credentials. Finally, the coalition will connect graduates to jobs. Howard County, MD Howard Community College and the Howard Tech Council (HTC) will come together to train individuals for jobs in tech fields including computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. Howard County's TechHire initiative will leverage an apprenticeship model, whereby trainees can participate in on-the-job learning with the over 200 regional employers that participate in Howard Tech Council. By 2020, the Howard County TechHire initiative aims to train and place 800 individuals, with an emphasis on the long-term unemployed, minorities, and the military. Mobile, AL The City of Mobile, Alabama will partner with the Gulf Coast Technology Council and 17 employers to develop industry-driven training, including customized capacity building for incumbent workers, a coding bootcamp pilot, and advanced manufacturing technical trainings for entry-level job seekers. The trainings will be facilitated by Depot/U, Iron Yard, and General Assembly. This program will include opportunities for trainees to network with local employers seeking talent, including Accureg Software, AM/NS Calvert, Rural Sourcing Inc., and The Red Square Agency. By 2020, the collaborative aims to train and hire 500 technical workers, including those who are underemployed and dislocated, boosting Mobile’s burgeoning tech community. Oklahoma City, OK StarSpace46, Inc., Creative Oklahoma, and Techlahoma Foundation will work with fast-track and agile training programs to train and place 500 IT workers by 2020. With commitments from employers spanning from the aerospace sector to the not-for-profit sector, trainees will gain and utilize skills in native mobile development, user interface design, and front-end and application development. Students will also gain access to mentorship in entrepreneurship and business. Omaha, NE Omaha is bringing together AIM and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, including traditional and start-up employers alike, in their effort to develop a local tech training and employment ecosystem. Local training bootcamps have committed to help train over 1,000 people by 2020, to help fill local tech jobs in industries from financial services to tech. Pensacola, FL Pensacola State College will collaborate with employer convener Innovation Coast, Inc., including community workforce partners Global Business Solutions, Inc. (GBSI), Technical Software Services, Inc. (TECHSOFT), Gulf Power Company, AppRiver, and the Institute of Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), to train and place 200 technology workers by 2020. With a focus on veterans, minorities, and economically disadvantaged individuals in the Pensacola area, students can gain skills across IT fields, including cybersecurity, coding, and networking. In addition to training, this initiative includes opportunities to make connections with potential employers and reduce unemployment. Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico NMTechWorks is a community coalition in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with support from the Mayor’s Office, local employers, and non-profits. This multi-sector effort is designed to map, expand, and link pathways to tech careers, especially for rural, Native American, and Spanish-speaking community members. The Community Learning Network and StartUp Santa Fe are teaming with Cultivating Coders, a locally-based accelerated training provider, and others to grow the IT pipeline and train more than 500 students by 2020 for high-demand tech jobs with employers such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory, OpenEye Scientific Software, and Descartes Labs. Tampa Bay, FL CareerSource Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s workforce development board, will fast-track critical IT training and employment opportunities for well over 1,000 local out-of-school youth and young adults through 2020. Employers across industries, such as BayCare Health Systems and Cognizant Technology Solutions, are partnering with the initiative in order to advance the economic health and technology industry of the community. Trenton City, NJ The Trenton TechHire initiative is a cross-sector partnership between employers, City of Trenton’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and Agile Strategies group, local education institutions, and local nonprofit organizations. This collaboration will prepare over 150 residents for tech jobs across sectors by 2020. Partners such as FCC Consulting Services, Tektite Industries, Inc., New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, and Power Magnetics, Inc. will meet regularly with Shiloh Community Development Corporation and the City of Trenton to strengthen and sustain the initiative. Tulsa, OK In Tulsa, 36 Degrees North, Techlahoma and a network of workforce and education partners will collaborate to quickly train candidates for tech jobs with local employers including ConsumerAffairs and Mozilla. With strong support from the Mayor’s Office, Tulsa TechHire plans to train and place 600 candidates, including women and youth, into tech jobs across sectors by 2020. Puerto Rico In Puerto Rico, co-working space Piloto 151 and Codetrotters Academy have launched a strong public-private partnership with support from the Puerto Rico IT Cluster, the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development (DDEC) and the Puerto Rico Science & Technology Research Trust. The Puerto Rico TechHire initiative will bring together a wide range of local technology companies and startups, including Rock Solid Technologies, Spotery, Migo IQ, and Wovenware, among others, in order to train and place 100 workers into tech jobs over the next year, ramping up to 300 workers by 2020. Toledo. OH Tech Toledo, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and OhioMeansJobs Lucas County are initiating an information technology workforce alliance to address short-term needs and develop longer-term programs for IT internships and apprenticeship programs. Tech Toledo will work with employers such as Meyer Hill Lynch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and The Andersons, Inc., to find and develop training to help fill their in-demand IT job needs. Tech Toledo will place at least 100 workers into tech jobs by 2020. Stamford, CT The City of Stamford and the Connecticut Department of Labor are working with Crashcode and The Business Council of Fairfield County to train and place 1,000 new workers into tech jobs by 2020 via an accelerated training program. Regional tech companies including Datto, CometaWorks, Comradity, GoNation, CTFN, and others will support with training design and hiring opportunities for graduates.
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The FCC's long standing mission statement: To encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest. The Communications Act of 1934, Title 1, Section 1, as amended: To ensure that the American people have available - at reasonable costs and without discrimination - rapid, efficient, nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable. Should Congress start investigations as to whether a paid consultant to Verizon and other communications companies should lead the FCC's transition team, a government agency that is charged with protecting the public interest? (See our previous article.) A Partial List of Work (NOTE: These listings specifically mention both Eisenach and Verizon. There are a host of other documents published by NERA, AEI and other organizations through 2015 that also may have been funded by Verizon.) March 12, 2013: In the Matter of Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers, AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking to Reform Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access Services, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 05-25, RM-10593 Expert Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach (with Kevin W. Caves) on Behalf of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless October, 2012: Broadband Competition in the Internet Ecosystem, AEI, Partial support for an earlier version of this paper was provided by Verizon Communications. March 1, 2012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Evaluate Telecommunications Corporations Service Quality Performance and Consider Modification to Service Quality Rules, Before the California Public Service Commission, Rulemaking 11-12-001, Reply Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach on Behalf of Verizon Communications February 2012: The Impact of Liberalizing Price Controls on Local Telephone Service: An Empirical Analysis, Kevin W. Caves, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach. Prepared with support from Verizon Communications. January 31, 2012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Evaluate Telecommunications Corporations Service Quality Performance and Consider Modification to Service Quality Rules, Before the California Public Service Commission, Rulemaking 11-12-001, Expert Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach on Behalf of Verizon Communications April 2011: Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of RUS Broadband Subsidies: Three Case Studies (Prepared with support from The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, (NCTA) co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach.) May 10, 2010: In the Matter of International Comparison and Consumer Survey Requirements in the Broadband Data Improvement Act, Federal Communications Commission GN Docket No. 09-47, Supplemental 7 Declaration Regarding the Berkman Center Study (NBP Public Notice 13) (with R. Crandall, E. Ehrlich and A. Ingraham) on Behalf of Verizon Communications April 12, 2010: Net Neutrality: The Economic Evidence, Expert Declaration in the Matters of Preserving the Open Internet and Broadband Industry Practices, GN Docket No. 09-191 and WC Docket No. 07-52 (with Brito et al.) Prepared with support from Verizon Communications. April 2010: Modeling the Welfare Effects of Net Neutrality Regulation: A Comment on Economides and Tåg (Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.) November 16, 2009: Declaration of Robert W. Crandall, Everett M. Ehrlich and Jeffrey A. Eisenach Regarding the Berkman Center Study (NBP Public Notice 13) National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and United States Telecom Association (USTA) (cable and phone company associations). VITA 2009: Testimony, Government Filings and Expert Reports March 13, 2009: Comments on the Virginia State Corporation Commission's Second Order for Notice and Hearing In Re: Revisions of Rules for Local Exchange Telecommunications Company Service Quality Standards, On Behalf of Verizon Virginia September 24, 2008: In the Matter of the Appropriate Forms of Regulating Telephone Companies, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9133, Rebuttal Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Maryland August 21, 2008: Comments on the Virginia State Corporation Commission's Proposed Service Quality Rules for Traditional Landline Telecommunications, On Behalf of Verizon Virginia July 25, 2008: In re: Complaint and request for emergency relief against Verizon Florida, LLC for anticompetitive behavior in violation of Sections 364.01(4), 364.3381, and 364.10, F.S., and for failure to facilitate transfer of customers' numbers to Bright House Networks Information Services (Florida), LLC, and its affiliate, Bright House Networks, LLC, Florida Public Service Commission, Docket No. 070691-TP, Rebuttal Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Florida July 8, 2008: In the Matter of the Appropriate Forms of Regulating Telephone Companies, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9133, Direct Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Maryland February 29, 2008: In the Matter of Bright House Networks LLC. et al v. Verizon California et al, Federal Communications Commission File No. EB-08-MD-002, Expert Declaration on Behalf of Verizon Communications • January 31, 2008: In the Matter of Verizon's 2007 Price Cap Plan for the Provision of Local Telecommunications Services in the District Of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Formal Case No. 1057, Rebuttal Testimony On behalf of Verizon December 7, 2007: In the Matter of Verizon's 2007 Price Cap Plan for the Provision of Local Telecommunications Services in the District Of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Formal Case No. 1057, Direct Testimony On behalf of Verizon November 19, 2007: In the Matter of the Commission's Investigation Into Verizon Maryland, Inc.'s Affiliate Relationships, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9120, Rebuttal Testimony On behalf of Verizon November 16, 2007: On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Pacific Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California, et al., Petitioners, v. Linkline Communications, Inc., et al., Respondents, Brief of Amici Curiae Professors and Scholars in Law and Economics in Support of the Petitioners (with R. Bork, G. Sidak, et al) October 29, 2007: In the Matter of the Commission's Investigation Into Verizon Maryland, Inc.'s Affiliate Relationships, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9120, Direct Testimony On behalf of Verizon July 16, 2007: Application of Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South for a Determination that Retail Services Are Competitive and Deregulating and Detariffing of the Same, State Corporation Commission of Virginia, Case No. PUC-2007-00008, Rebuttal Report On behalf of Verizon June 2007: The Effects of Providing Universal Service Subsidies to Wireless Carriers (Prepared with support from Verizon Communications, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach). January 17, 2007: Application of Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South for a Determination that Retail Services Are Competitive and Deregulating and Detariffing of the Same, State Corporation Commission of Virginia, Case No. PUC-2007-00008, Expert Testimony and Report On behalf of Verizon • December 2003: In the Matter of Review of the Commission's Rules Regarding the Pricing of Unbundled Network Elements and the Resale of Service by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 03-173, Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach and Janusz R. Mrozek, Federal Communications Commission On behalf of Verizon The New York Times Compiled this Dossier. Failure to Disclose: No Mention Verizon is a Primary Client. Should Congress investigate Eisenach et al. for their failure to properly disclose their ties with these corporations at congressional hearings and government agency meetings? And, have there been violations of the non-profit, tax-exempt status of the various organizations these consultants are affiliated with? These are just two instances we found where Jeffrey Eisenach presented 'expertise' but failed to identify the fact that one of his major paid clients was Verizon. September 17, 2014: Statement before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On "Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open Internet Rules" Testimony of Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar American Enterprise Institute April 21, 2010: Testimony on Deployment of Broadband Communications Networks, Before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Hey, FCC! Are you out there? Why bother fighting for and passing Net Neutrality rules if you have no intention of actually enforcing them? The FCC already gave tacit approval of T-Mobile’s blatant violation of Net Neutrality with its Binge On service, and now AT&T is upping the ante by [...]
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