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Industry Trashes FCC Plan to Limit Lifeline to Facilities Providers

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Mar 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

I admit it, I admire Ajit Pai. The FCC Chairman speaks and writes brilliantly, can charm any crowd and is steadfast in his belief that telecom regulation is harmful even while facing incredible public pressure, and sadly, even death threats.

However, after observing Pai for several years now, it is obvious he is his own worst enemy. His attempts to move directly from point A to point Z on every issue, infuriate the industry, while a compromise at point P would have enabled him to reach most of his goals without the public angst.

For example, he could have eliminated the most troublesome aspect of net neutrality by simply reclassifying broadband Internet access as an information service. However, he went too far by eliminating the "bright line" rules forbidding blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of Internet traffic.

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Topics: FCC, telecom, ajit pai

Hawaiian Telcom Thrives Despite Connect America Fund Shortcomings

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Dec 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Aloha.  A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend some time on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui.  One sunny day forsaking a typical day at the beach, I decided to spend a few hours driving around the top of the island.  The trip provides beautiful views but is not for the faint-of-heart!  The road weaves a narrow path between the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  There are numerous switchbacks in which it is impossible to see oncoming traffic. 

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Topics: telecom, hawaii, SEA-US, United States, CCMI, Connect American Fund, hawaii telcom, hawaiian telcom