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
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
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.
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