August 15, 2004 · Tim Wu
Ongoing August chatter: what should the Telecom Act of 2006 look like? Below are 6 items and some of the papers making the rounds.
1. Codification of the right to use the the applications and network attachments of one’s choice (otherwise known as Network Neutrality or Network Freedom).
2. Total and final destruction of the vertical regulatory classifications (Title II for common carriers, Title III for wireless, Title IV for cable), replacement with a simple horizontal model.
3. Full and clear preemption of most state and local regulation — ideally, with limited exceptions.
4. Directed spectrum reform — of virtually any kind.
5. Any VoIP rules that don’t kill VoIP.
6. Abandonment of ’96 Act “Unbundled Network Element” approach to telephony competition — the litigation costs just aren’t worth it.
I’ve left out alot here, but these are what I see as steps forward. Many other issues are battles over the division of existing rents — particularly the battles over voice.
If you want to catch up, some of the papers floating around are:
Richard Witt, A Horizontal Leap Forward
- One of the papers advocating horizontal instead of vertical regulation.
Wu, The Broadband Debate, a User’s Guide
- A preview of the positions in broadband.
Thierer, The Next Telecom Act
- Testimony on what CATO wants.
Yoo, The Economics of Net Neutrality
- Another view on broadband.
Werbach, A Spectrum Primer
- On spectrum deregulation.