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Levin Lays Out Telecom Policy Roadmap
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2009 20:48:02 -0400



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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: March 7, 2009 8:06:21 PM EST
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] Levin Lays Out Telecom Policy Roadmap

LEVIN LAYS OUT TELECOM POLICY ROADMAP

Stifel Nicolaus analyst and Obama technology advisor Blair Levin predicts that privacy and Network Neutrality will be among the biggest telecommunications issues facing the Federal Communications Commission and the administration going forward. The economic crisis and change of administration will shift the focus of telecom policy away from traditional phone companies to "Internet/edge" players. "(There is a) consensus emerging that disputes about whether a wireline network management tool is 'reasonable' (or is actually blocking or degrading traffic) to be resolved on a case-by-case basis," Levin wrote in the note with analysts Rebecca Arbogast and David Kaut. He said the biggest "sleeper" issue will be privacy. With a major overhaul of healthcare records to the Web, the rise in behavioral advertising and cloud computing, where information is stored in computers strung across many geographies, consumer, business and government advertising will lead to privacy disputes at the FCC and courts.

Levin's note also downplayed the immediate success of Obama's push for high-speed Internet in every American household. He said the initial $8 billion in stimulus funds for constructing new high-speed Internet lines and other programs was modest and just a start. He also said the FCC's mandate in the stimulus plan to come up with a broadband strategy for the country within one year would be "more likely to produce a volley of targeted recommendations than a silver bullet." He added the FCC probably wouldn't quickly overhaul a $7 billion phone subsidy program to also include broadband Internet networks.

<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2009/03/an_obama_tech_advisor_lays_out.html?wprss=posttech >

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