Economists have long recognized that technological innovation and enhanced communication increase productivity and reduce friction in economic activity. And never before has technology’s impact on economic growth been as evident as it is today.
At IPI, we focus on technology and communications policy not only because it’s critical to economic growth, but also because government’s inherent tendency to regulate prospectively poses an active threat to the economic gains and lifestyle enhancements made possible by technological innovation.
The communications and technology industries are among the country’s most competitive and the biggest capital investors in the U.S. economy, and are thus prime engines of economic growth and job creation. It is critical that public policy encourages continued innovation and investment in the tech sector, and that we don’t limit the innovation upside with counterproductive taxes and regulations.
We get an awful lot of value in services and products in exchange for sharing some of our very basic data.
Perhaps the day will come when a new process could supplant the FCC-led public auction process for re-purposing spectrum. But this aspiration for long-term spectrum policy is not the world we have today.
Texas should be leading the fight to increase competition in the wireless space, not acting as a roadblock to the will of the free market.
IPI commends the FCC for today’s announcement, and urges prompt movement toward a successful public auction for C-band spectrum.
For now, the court decision puts an end to a short and misguided period in the history of internet policy.
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has validated the FCC's ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order,’ which restores the longtime ‘light touch’ regulatory approach to the internet.
The moon is the proving ground. Mars is the destination," Jim Bridenstine said of the 2024 target to put men and women on the lunar surface.