FCC chairmen often fall into one of two camps -- stern regulators focused on compliance or free-market stalwarts eager to spark private sector growth. Chairman Genachowski is rare in his ability to simultaneously accomplish both goals.
The path that led us to the deployment of a citywide gigabit network has been a challenging one. There have been ups and downs, but we have remained focused on what is best for our community. In keeping our focus, we have delivered the connectivity that our citizens demanded nearly a decade ago.
Policymakers in Washington should build on what consumers have started by designing a regulatory structure that applies to all providers equally and encourages investment, to finish the shift quickly and build a better future for America
The policy question is not, "Is broadband working in America?" It clearly is. The real challenge is to make sure that the remaining Americans who are not on the fast lane of the Internet get on it as quickly as possible.
The dream is as vivid, as desirable, as tangible as ever: a nation where all Americans can realize their full potential by putting to use all of their entrepreneurial and managerial skills, and their inherent creativity and innovation. But the FCC defers that dream year after year.
An essential building block to economic growth lies in expanding broadband access to rural America. Instead of pushing each other over the self-made cliff, why not build a bridge across the digital divide?
If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?
As I stare at the Republican and Democratic party platforms, I wonder -- don't these people have a clue? Haven't they bothered to actually ask their constituents what they think of their phone, wireless, broadband, Internet, and cable bills?
Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.
We should instead focus on doing whatever we can to spread high-speed connectivity everywhere and unleash its potential to create jobs and growth, improve such key sectors as education and health care, and empower individuals.
For the United States to be competitive with other nations, and to end the digital divide, the Treasury should invest what's necessary to build out and sustain fast national wireline and wireless services.
I am all for thoughtful discussion -- even over compromise -- but the messages that 'net neutrality' groups are sending to the FCC read more like 'it's my way or the highway' than 'let's work together.'