February 21, 2014 - Online registration is now open for the 2014 Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum, scheduled this year for August 17 - 19. The TPI Aspen Forum brings together leaders from business, government, and academia to discuss key public policy issues affecting information and communications technology. This year's theme is, "Tech in Transition: Policy Challenges."
January 31, 2014 - Promoting competition, entry, and experimentation with innovative business models should be the goal of an updated Telecommunications Act, states Technology Policy Institute's Scott Wallsten in comments sent today to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee in response to their recent white paper. In order to achieve these goals, Wallsten urges the Committee to require the Federal Communications Commission to apply competition analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to its decision making. In addition, Wallsten advises Congress to continue to support schemes for efficient and flexible uses of spectrum.
January 22, 2014 - Traditional pay TV is beginning to lose subscribers. Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett called this past year pay TV's "worst 12 month stretch ever." At the same time, over-the-top providers, primarily Netflix, are growing quickly. Yet, not all analysts believe Netflix has the winning business model. New business models and threats to old business models dovetail with various efforts at policy reform in Washington, including debates over usage-based billing, Internet "signal importation," and a la carte choices rather than bundles of channels. This conference will discuss these and other issues facing the video market.
January 17, 2014 - The assertion in a recent petition by public interest groups that it is impossible to anonymize data does not stand up to scrutiny, states Technology Policy Institute President Thomas Lenard in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The agency should not base any decisions on this faulty analysis, which could have broader implications beyond sharing of customer proprietary network information (CPNI).
January 8, 2014 - The Information Technology revolution has produced a data revolution-now commonly referred to as "big data"-in which massive amounts of data can be collected, stored and analyzed at relatively low cost. While the benefits of big data are numerous, from tracking health risks to helping consumers find the lowest prices on goods and services, the emergence of big data has also raised privacy concerns on the part of advocates and government officials. To alleviate these concerns, some are calling for remedies to either restrict or make more transparent how data are collected and used. Speakers at the event will discuss the big data revolution, proposed remedies for privacy concerns and their potential effects, including the findings in the recent paper, "The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations," authored by TPI's Thomas Lenard and Paul Rubin.