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Anastacio Ramos, Director International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Verizon in the USA argues that broadband drives economic growth but there are significant policy issues raised by ...

Anastacio Ramos, Director International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Verizon in the USA argues that broadband drives economic growth but there are significant policy issues raised by convergence

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  • Broadband Deployment—Regulation and Public Policy International Institute of Communications MIDDLE EAST TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA FORUM 6 May 2009 Anastacio Ramos Director, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs
  • Verizon’s corporate profile
    • Verizon Wireless
    • U.S. wireless customers 86+ million
    • States w/wireless 49 plus D.C. presence
    • Verizon Telecom
    • U.S. wireline access lines 35.2 million
    • Wireline broadband connections 8.9 million
    • FiOS triple-play 2.8 million Internet
      • 2.2 million Video
    Statistics as of 03/31/09 Verizon Business 150 countries 446,000 route miles of cable over six continents 98% of Fortune 500
    • Premiere international provider of enterprise voice, Internet, data and managed services
    • U.S. wireless customers
    • States w/wireless presence
    • U.S. wireline access lines
    • Wireline broadband connections
    • FiOS triple-play
  • Broadband drives economic growth
    • The financial crisis and worsening economic climate have brought the economy to the forefront of policymakers’ concerns.
    • Private-sector investment in broadband is a fundamental driver of economic growth and innovation − and Verizon is a clear leader in providing broadband connectivity.
    • Consumers in particular are benefiting from robust competition in broadband services, which is driving prices down and spurring companies to create faster and faster networks.
    • Policymakers can foster more growth by implementing policies to promote broadband investment, deployment, and use.
  • Fostering broadband deployment requires having the policy basics
    • Encourage robust competition – U.S. consumers benefit from having multiple broadband platforms competing, with a wide range of business models and services to differentiate competitors.
      • In the U.S.—DSL, fiber, cable TV, wireless
      • In other regions of the world—wireless, broadband over powerlines
    • Foster investments – along with policies to bring more spectrum to the market for wireless broadband, the FCC has created an environment that encourages investment.
    • Avoid regulation of the Internet – regulating innovation in the network will inhibit operator ability to meet consumer needs – instead, maintain government oversight available to address any actual problems.
  • Broader policy discussions
    • Recognize the need for the most advanced, future proof networks with capacity in both directions
      • Services with the greatest capacity to benefit social welfare (e.g., medical monitoring and real-time video distance learning) require a level of interactivity and reliability that traditional networks simply won’t provide
      • Ensuring international and regional bandwidth capacity in developing regions of the world is essential for economic growth and innovation.
    • Broadband deployment in underserved areas—gap filling
      • Schools, libraries, and call/computing centers
      • Public/private partnerships, e.g., Connected Nation
      • Stimulus grants
      • Expand use of universal service fund to cover access to Internet
    • Stimulate demand for broadband services through public-private partnerships
      • Development of content, e.g., e-government, Thinkfinity
      • Computer affordability and computing literacy
    • Each of us needs to:
      • Develop means to reach those without access to broadband (for instance – in the U.S. – this means reaching the remaining 6%); and
      • Expand ways in which networks benefit society ― the economy, security, energy, education, healthcare IT and the environment
  • General policy issues raised by convergence
    • Institutional Organization—should separate regulators merge?
    • Competition Policy—how to promote competition on a “level playing field?”
    • Regulatory Flexibility—how to enact flexible, neutral policies for technology and service delivery so that firms can respond to technological and demand drivers?
    • Authorization and Licensing—should the scope of licenses be expanded to eliminate barriers posed by too many license categories and overly restrictive license requirements?
  • Action Agenda – Unlocking the Potential
    • What we know: The Internet Economy, supported by information and communication technologies, will strengthen our capacity to improve the quality of life for all our citizens. *
    • What we need:
      • A stable, reliable and trusted infrastructure , capable of addressing and responding to emerging risks and threats. *
      • Foster innovation and ongoing expansion of the Internet by avoiding regulation that could jeopardize “the open, decentralized and dynamic nature” of the Internet. **
      • Stimulate investment and competition in the development of high-capacity information and communication infrastructures. **
    * From the OECD “Declaration on the Future of the Internet Economy.” ** From “Internet 2018: a Business Vision paper for the OECD Ministerial.”