Broadband deployment: regulation and public policy


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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 convergence

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    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. Verizon’s corporate profile <ul><li>Verizon Wireless </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. wireless customers 86+ million </li></ul><ul><li>States w/wireless 49 plus D.C. presence </li></ul><ul><li>Verizon Telecom </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. wireline access lines 35.2 million </li></ul><ul><li>Wireline broadband connections 8.9 million </li></ul><ul><li>FiOS triple-play 2.8 million Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2.2 million Video </li></ul></ul>Statistics as of 03/31/09 Verizon Business 150 countries 446,000 route miles of cable over six continents 98% of Fortune 500 <ul><li>Premiere international provider of enterprise voice, Internet, data and managed services </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. wireless customers </li></ul><ul><li>States w/wireless presence </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. wireline access lines </li></ul><ul><li>Wireline broadband connections </li></ul><ul><li>FiOS triple-play </li></ul>
    3. 3. Broadband drives economic growth <ul><li>The financial crisis and worsening economic climate have brought the economy to the forefront of policymakers’ concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>Private-sector investment in broadband is a fundamental driver of economic growth and innovation − and Verizon is a clear leader in providing broadband connectivity. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Policymakers can foster more growth by implementing policies to promote broadband investment, deployment, and use. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Fostering broadband deployment requires having the policy basics <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the U.S.—DSL, fiber, cable TV, wireless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In other regions of the world—wireless, broadband over powerlines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foster investments – along with policies to bring more spectrum to the market for wireless broadband, the FCC has created an environment that encourages investment. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Broader policy discussions <ul><li>Recognize the need for the most advanced, future proof networks with capacity in both directions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring international and regional bandwidth capacity in developing regions of the world is essential for economic growth and innovation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Broadband deployment in underserved areas—gap filling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools, libraries, and call/computing centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public/private partnerships, e.g., Connected Nation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulus grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand use of universal service fund to cover access to Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stimulate demand for broadband services through public-private partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of content, e.g., e-government, Thinkfinity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer affordability and computing literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each of us needs to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop means to reach those without access to broadband (for instance – in the U.S. – this means reaching the remaining 6%); and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand ways in which networks benefit society ― the economy, security, energy, education, healthcare IT and the environment </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. General policy issues raised by convergence <ul><li>Institutional Organization—should separate regulators merge? </li></ul><ul><li>Competition Policy—how to promote competition on a “level playing field?” </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Flexibility—how to enact flexible, neutral policies for technology and service delivery so that firms can respond to technological and demand drivers? </li></ul><ul><li>Authorization and Licensing—should the scope of licenses be expanded to eliminate barriers posed by too many license categories and overly restrictive license requirements? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Action Agenda – Unlocking the Potential <ul><li>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. * </li></ul><ul><li>What we need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A stable, reliable and trusted infrastructure , capable of addressing and responding to emerging risks and threats. * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster innovation and ongoing expansion of the Internet by avoiding regulation that could jeopardize “the open, decentralized and dynamic nature” of the Internet. ** </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulate investment and competition in the development of high-capacity information and communication infrastructures. ** </li></ul></ul>* From the OECD “Declaration on the Future of the Internet Economy.” ** From “Internet 2018: a Business Vision paper for the OECD Ministerial.”