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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.

August 2, 2019

C-Band Auction Should be Left to the FCC

An FCC-led public, open and transparent auction process that creates a level playing field for all interested parties will allocate resources efficiently to the parties that value them the most. 

August 1, 2019

IPI Joins Coalition Letter in Support of FCC Actions on 621 of the Cable Act

We write in support of the draft Third Report and Order on the implementation of Section 621 of the Cable Act and urge its adoption at the Commission’s August open meeting.

July 18, 2019

IPI Applauds FCC Effort to Curb Municipal Abuse of Cable Franchise Authority

We appreciate the FCC’s aggressive efforts to protect consumer interests and ensure that out-of-control local governments don’t erect counterproductive barriers to increased adoption of broadband services throughout the country.

June 27, 2019

Coalition Letter Urging Finance Ministers to Oppose Global Digital Taxation

Coalition letter sent to Finance Ministers across the G20 urging the officials to oppose any attempts to weaponize global conversations about digital commerce to tax tech companies.

June 20, 2019

Smart Artificial Intelligence Policy

President Trump's artificial intelligence initiative appears to take positive steps in prioritizing and advancing AI efforts while limiting government control and financing.

June 11, 2019

The Sky Didn't Fall

One year after the FCC’s reversal of the Obama administration’s heavy-handed internet regulations, not only did the sky not fall but investment is up, fiber and wireless are accelerating, and the broadband economy is back on the right track.

May 28, 2019

Report Says U.S. Now Among World Leaders In 5G Readiness

Bartlett D. Cleland, research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation, said the FCC “needs to establish a continuous supply of spectrum via auctions, on a schedule that will provide a regular flow of low, mid and high bands of spectrum. They must keep unlicensed bands open and available as well.”

April 19, 2019

Winning the Global Broadband Race

The race is on. The option for the U.S. is to either win or fall behind, ceding the future to our global competitors.

April 5, 2019

FCC Right To Rein In Cable Fees, Policy Experts Say

During a panel discussion hosted by Consumer Action for a Strong Economy, research group president Tom Giovanetti said there’s no conflict between asking the FCC to limit local cable regulators’ authority and advocating for smaller government.

March 26, 2019

Coalition Letter Supporting Reexamination of Children's Television Programming "KidVid" Rules

In light of the significant transformations in the children’s video programming marketplace in the decades since the Commission adopted many of the KidVid rules, we believe firmly that this is an area ripe for reform and deregulation.

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