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Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Trustworthiness

As technology moves forward, consumers must retain key protections that ensure a fair and safe experience. This includes, but is not limited to, consumer protections like privacy, truth-in-billing, blocking unwanted solicitation and preventing cramming and slamming. Consumer protections are largely seen as being built into traditional telephone networks. Will they continue as we transition to broadband networks?

Benton Editorial

Chairman’s Year End Message 2013

Chairman’s Year End Message 2013

The New Year is both a time to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the past 12 months and a time to be excited about the future. As the Benton Foundation closes 2013, here’s what I’m most proud of – and what has me reenergized for 2014.

Analysis

Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Interconnection

Regulators must ensure that competing network providers are able to interconnect in areas where there is legacy market power. Subscribers must be able to reach subscribers on any other network. In U.S. telecommunications law, interconnection is defined as “the linking of two networks for the mutual exchange of traffic.”

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The Five Questions

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Analysis

Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Competition

Policies should encourage new entrants into the emerging IP-enabled network market. One of the core tenants of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has been that competition enables consumers to benefit from lower prices, new services, new investment, and more innovation. In the National Broadband Plan, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said, “Competition is crucial for promoting consumer welfare and spurring innovation and investment in broadband access networks.

Analysis

Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Openness

Consumers must retain their rights to utilize any legal applications, content, devices, and services of their choosing on the broadband networks they use. In December 2013, the Benton Foundation published The New Network Compact: Making the IP Transition Work for Vulnerable Communities, written by Ted Gotsch.

Analysis

Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Diversity

In addition to ubiquitous availability, Americans must have the ability to access and distribute content that reflects the country’s diversity of viewpoints. Last month, the Benton Foundation released The New Network Compact: Making the IP Transition Work for Vulnerable Communities. The report, written by Ted Gotsch, includes 10 interrelated principles to help policymakers guide the transition from traditional telephone service to emerging broadband networks.

Analysis

Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Accessibility

The 54 million Americans with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations, must be able to make full use of broadband networks and the video and voice services that run over these networks. Last month, the Benton Foundation released The New Network Compact: Making the IP Transition Work for Vulnerable Communities.

Analysis

Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Ubiquity

Every American needs to have affordable access to high-speed fixed and mobile broadband networks. Last month, the Benton Foundation released The New Network Compact: Making the IP Transition Work for Vulnerable Communities. The report, written by Ted Gotsch, includes 10 interrelated principles to help policymakers guide the transition from traditional telephone service to emerging broadband networks.