Entries Matching: Broadband Authority
One of the things that has drawn Public Knowledge to be an
active participant in the effort to ensure that the United Nations doesn’t
become an Internet regulatory or governance body is the fact that nearly every
civil society group, policymaker and industry representative is on the same
As I have said previously, it is one of those very rare
“kumbaya” moments in communications policy debates where there is consensus -
when the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) meets at the World
Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this December,
its jurisdiction should not expand to encompass Internet policymaking.
A few weeks ago I went to a fascinating gathering of a few dozen academics, policy wonks, and others from the U.S. and elsewhere to talk about the end of the phone system. While by no means a unanimous consensus, a very solid majority considered the phone system obsolete and ready for the scrap heap. This will come as a surprise to those of you who called home on Mother’s Day or who thanked God for a call center number when your broadband connection went down. But in fact, most of you are probably not using a phone service but a “phone service,” so we are half-way to shutting down the actual phone system anyway.
What is the PSTN and Why Should Anyone Care if We End It?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today
extended mandatory reporting of network outages to service provided by Voice
Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal
director of Public Knowledge:
“We are pleased the FCC has extended outage reporting
requirements to VoIP. As the Commission
recognized, this reporting must be mandatory in order to collect the necessary
data to analyze the outages. At the same
time, we are disappointed that this data, as with other reported outage
information, will not be made public.
“As we said in our comments filed with the Open
Technology Initiative last fall, the reporting burden will be minimal on VoIP
“We will continue to monitor the issue of voluntary outage
reporting by broadband service providers given the uncertain status of the FCC
authority over broadband service.”
The following statement is attributed to Gigi
B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
"We appreciate the effort and
commitment the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dedicated to tackling
the universal service system, which is in need of serious reform. We also appreciate that the Commission recognizes the importance of non-traditional broadband
providers, such as community-based institutions, and will seek comment on how
to enhance the ability of these entities to serve their local communities.
"At the same time, however, we
share the concerns of other consumer organizations that the Commission's
actions will lead to higher prices at a time when the average American is
watching every penny. We hope that the mechanisms adopted by the Commission to
prevent this prove adequate, and that this and future Commissions will have the
political will to address problems that may arise.