Vol. 18, No. 43

October 17, 2022


October 24-26


Podcast: Chet Patel, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director, Americas, BT

Connectbase Raises $21 Million in Series C Funding

Google Fiber to Offer 5-gig, 8-gig Internet Plans Next Year

Zayo Launches Comprehensive Portfolio of Edge Network Solutions


October 21

Reply Comments Due on TRACED Act Obligations on Caller Authentication 

November 10

Comments Due on New Rules to Fight Malicious Robotext Campaigns

November 25

Reply Comments Due on New Rules to Fight Malicious Robotext Campaigns

INCOMPAS Launches Paper on Tech Industry's Investment in Global Internet Infrastructure

INCOMPAS introduced a paper that quantifies the investments tech companies have made in the global network infrastructure of the internet. The research, conducted by Analysys Mason and launched in partnership with CCIA, DOT Europe, the Asia Internet Coalition and the Korean Internet Association, finds that tech companies have invested $883 billion in the internet’s infrastructure in the past decade, which saves ISPs about $6.5 billion each year.

Despite this significant investment, countries around the world are considering "network usage fees" that would tax these companies.These measures often are designed to discriminate against certain U.S.-based content and application providers and would require them to pay tens of billions to incumbent, often state-affiliated foreign telecom operators. According to Analysys Mason’s research, such fees could disrupt incentives, investment and competition, resulting in unintended negative consequences for the internet ecosystem. 

“The global economy runs on networks and those networks would be broken without the massive $883 billion investment by streaming, gaming and tech innovators,” INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering said in a release. “The paper provides a true, honest and holistic look at the network ecosystem - where global and local investments by the tech industry have saved large ISPs billions and revolutionized the speed and quality of content to consumers who today see more choice, competition and savings.” 

Key findings of the report include:

  • Content and Applications Providers (CAPs) spent $883 billion on internet infrastructure from 2011 to 2021. 
  • From 2018-2021, CAPs increased their digital infrastructure investment over 50%, making an annual investment of more than $120 billion.
  • CAP investments to bring traffic closer to end users improve the quality of service by ISPs and save ISPs $5.0-$6.4 billion each year. 
  • While traffic volumes have grown significantly, costs for ISPs have remained stable over time.
  • Imposing network usage fees on CAPs could result in lower quality internet experiences, reduced investment in networks, less ISP competition and higher prices for consumers. 

Meet with a Who's Who in Communications Next Week in Denver

Only at The 2022 INCOMPAS Show in Denver next week - featuring a sold-out expo hall and record attendance - will you be able to meet a Who's Who of the communications industry - from trailblazing broadband network builders and 5G and wireless pioneers to the innovators developing the products and services.

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5G Can Coexist with Airplanes, Federal Study Indicates

The new 5G cell towers that generated controversy earlier this year are well designed to limit radio-wave interference on airliners, the NTIA said in a report, Measurements of 5G New Radio Spectral and Spatial Power Emissions for Radar Altimeter Interference Analysis, which appears to show the technology can soon safely coexist with aviation. This report describes work performed by the Department of Commerce’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) for the Joint Interagency 5G Radar Altimeter Interference (JI-FRAI) Quick Reaction Testing (QRT) program to address these concerns. Two collected data sets are described: radiated wideband, wide dynamic range 5G base station emission spectra; and three-dimensional radiation patterns around 5G base station antennas.

White House Announces Action Plan to Accelerate Infrastructure

In May, the Biden Administration released a new Permitting Action Plan to strengthen and accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews by fully leveraging existing authorities, as well as new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Permitting Action Plan outlines the Administration’s strategy for ensuring that federal environmental reviews and permitting processes are effective, efficient and transparent, guided by the best available science to promote positive environmental and community outcomes, and shaped by early and meaningful public engagement. The recently signed Inflation Reduction Act provides $1 billion over the next 10 years for federal agencies to support the timely review of major federal infrastructure projects, along with training for more effective community engagement, a critical aspect of project development. To build on that effort, last Thursday, at the White House Accelerating Infrastructure Summit, the Administration and outside organizations announced new efforts and an Action Plan to accelerate the rebuilding of our infrastructure and maximize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a better America. 

With regard to broadband, the Department of Commerce will initiate a “Dig Once” effort in cooperation with the Departments of Transportation and Energy. Dig Once entails interagency coordination on planning, design and construction to prevent multiple excavations for broadband, transportation, and electrification projects.

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