Bret Swanson is a visiting fellow at AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He advises investors and technology companies, focusing on the Internet ecosystem and the broadband networks and applications that drive it. Swanson is also a scholar at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where, since 2005, his research has centered on economic growth and policies that encourage it. For eight years Swanson advised technology investors as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report and later was a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation. Swanson began his career as an aide to former senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and was then an economic analyst for former representative Jack Kemp (R-NY) at Empower America.
The FCC has a unique opportunity to sweep away obsolete legal foundations of the communications world and support a new wave of information technology innovation.
If Trump is to get an economic revival, full of higher-paying jobs across the breadth of the nation, the technology industry will almost certainly be the most important factor in achieving it. But Silicon Valley may be surprised to learn that Trump could be a champion in helping them achieve their goals, too.
To drive and accommodate the coming cascading wireless boom, we will need wireless connections that are faster, greater in number, and more robust, widespread, diverse, and flexible. We will need a new fifth generation, or 5G, wireless infrastructure.
On Thursday, July 14, the FCC will release its Spectrum Frontiers order that will recommend ways to unleash new batches of higher frequency spectrum for fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks. It will be very important that the FCC resist the temptation to apportion spectrum to particular firms based on political favor.
Let’s hope the FCC can see past the hollow claims of shadowy online activists and encourage free data for consumers.
At the start of the new year, AEI’s Internet policy team joins with outside experts and leading policymakers to assess key global and domestic cyberpolicy issues in 2016 and beyond.
If the FCC’s reversal on net neutrality regulations is unusual as a matter of policy — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — it is equally questionable as a matter of law.
I argue that information technologies are poised to deliver some of their most potent economic benefits, specifically in the perennial productivity laggards we call health care and education.
Information technology, powered by Moore’s Law, provided nearly all the productivity growth of the last 40 years and promises to transform industries, such as health care and education, which desperately need creative disruption.
The FCC’s new Web rules are already as onerous as feared and favor some business models over others.