Former administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Larry Irving, wrote a blog post documenting statistics detailing how more American households today are wireless only households versus households tethered to copper line networks.
My eleven year old is quickly becoming one of the few in his age group that may have seen a land line phone and the term “smartphone” has quickly been ingrained in his telecommunications lexicon.
In an economy allegedly driven by the consumer, one would think that regulators would follow the lead of households opting for services provided by a network driven by Internet protocol, but the Federal Communications Commission seems to think otherwise with its preference for broadband firms to hold onto and maintain expensive, old legacy networks. This is the result of a patriarchal approach toward markets that needs to be abandoned.
What the FCC should be doing is moving forward with tests of IP-only networks to ensure that the consumer protections it has convinced itself that can only be met by legacy networks are actually being addressed by the very networks consumers have chosen with their dollars.
For an agency that always touts itself as being consumer centric, it’s actually time to show that it is.