"FCC Chairman Michael Powell Resigns," Satellite News, January 31, 2005.
"With a new chairman soon to be named to the FCC and efforts afoot on Capitol Hill to revisit 1996 communications law, the time is ripe for consideration of serious institutional or internal change at the FCC, said Randolph May, a senior fellow at PFF and director of its communications policy studies."
"'Whoever is selected to lead the commission next as chairman,' May told TPR, 'I hope that he or she - in addition to leading the substantive effort to achieve a deregulatory, market-oriented regime - will also be willing to think about how the FCC should be reformed institutionally.'"
"AT&T Merger May Be Inevitable, Hundt Says," TR Daily, January 28, 2005.
"Randolph May, a senior fellow at the Progress and Freedom Foundation think-tank, limned the differences between 1997 and 2005 for TRDaily.
"'Taking the AT&T situation, which is the one we're all thinking about today, we've obviously come a long way from the time not so long in the past when Reed Hundt said such a thing was unthinkable,' Mr. May said. 'The business models in the telecom marketplace have changed substantially since then. Certainly the regulatory models need to follow suit.'"
"Hollywood: P2P is Not About Technology," Internet News, January 25, 2005.
"James V. DeLong, the PFF counsel of record in the brief, wrote that consumers have two basic interests in the case: avoiding technological inhibitions and providing incentives to the creative community to foster the production of content.
"'These are complementary, not conflicting, because each is necessary to the other,' DeLong wrote. 'Technological devices are useless without content, and content is pointless without means of delivery. But they must be reconciled, because each, taken to the limit of its logic, can do serious harm to the other.'
"DeLong contends in his brief that the Ninth Circuit was mistaken in application of the Betamax case."
"FCC Chief to Sign Off in March," Daily Variety, January 24, 2005.
"Ray Gifford, president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a pro-free-market think tank, said: "No policymaker could have done a better job of articulating the critical importance of embracing the changes inherent in the digital age. Powell always puts consumers first, recognizing that the best way to for the government to serve them is to ensure that it not prevent the emergence of a world of choice in platforms and services.'"
"Is It Time For A Re-Engineered FCC?," Telecom Policy Report, January 24, 2005.
"With a new chairman soon to be named to the Federal Communications Commission and efforts afoot on Capitol Hill to revisit communications law, the time is ripe for consideration of serious institutional or internal change at the FCC, according to Randolph May, a senior fellow at Washington-area think tank The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF). May, who also advocates Universal Service Fund reform, argues his case for a FCC revamp in 'The FCC's Tumultuous Year in 2003: An Essay on an Opportunity for Institutional Agency Reform.'"
"FCC Chairman Powell to Resign," PC World, January 24, 2005.
"Powell argued that market forces, and not the government, should determine the competitive landscape of the telecom industry, but he also pushed the FCC to get more involved in areas such as policing indecency on television and radio airwaves. While Powell wasn't a complete free-market advocate, his policies did encourage private companies to invest in new Internet and telecom technologies, says Kyle Dixon, a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation.
"'He really has a love for the technology and an understanding that the technology has economic benefits for consumers," says Dixon, a former legal advisor to Powell. "He understood that changes are going to happen through private sector innovation.'"
"Senators, Commissioners, Broadcasters React to Powell Resignation," Billboard, January 21, 2005.
"Ray Gifford, president of the pro-consumer Progress and Freedom Foundation, said Powell was 'a leader of singular vision who championed the principles of the free market in a digital age' and put consumers first, 'recognizing that the best way for the government to serve them is to ensure that it not prevent the emergence of a world of choice' in telecommunications, broadcast and cable providers."
"Radical Shift Not Seen in FCC Policy," CBS MarketWatch, January 21, 2005.
"'I was critical of him at the time, but he's essentially been deregulatory on broadband,' said Randolph May, director of communications policy at Progress and Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank. 'He could be a good chairman.'"
"Mixed Legacy for FCC's Powell," CNET News, January 21, 2005.
"Kyle Dixon, a senior fellow at the Progress and Freedom Foundation and former Powell aide, said his former boss 'led the charge in promoting investment and innovation in Wi-Fi and wireless, Internet voice, broadband and other technologies that became critical to consumers and the economy.'"
"Departing FCC Chairman Michael Powell Draws Praise, Criticism," Agence France Presse, January 21, 2005.
"'That competitive world wouldn't have been free to emerge if Michael Powell had listened to those who sought to impose yesterday's regulatory burdens on tomorrow's goods and services,' said Ray Gifford, president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a think-tank."
"FCC's Powell Reportedly Plans to Resign," Industry Standard, January 21, 2005.
"The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a free-market-oriented think tank, praised Powell's tenure at the commission in a statement Friday. 'No policymaker could have done a better job of articulating the critical importance of embracing the changes inherent in the digital age,' said foundation President Ray Gifford. 'The FCC chairman always puts consumers first, recognizing that the best way for the government to serve them is to ensure that it not prevent the emergence of a world of choice in platforms and services.'"
"Chinese Internet Penetration Slows, Broadband Soars," Washington Internet Daily, January 21, 2005.
"A spokesman for the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) commented on the rapid increase in broadband penetration: 'While great news for China, it obviously raises concerns about millions of broadband users propelling the nation's economic engine using fuel consisting of pirated software.' The spokesman said PFF will be working throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia to promote competitive, legal use of U.S. intellectual property over the Internet: 'The millions of broadband users in China will be best served by a rich marketplace of software and hardware using standards developed through long-standing industry procedures.'"
"Regulatory Wrinkles Associated with BPL Unlikely to be Ironed Out Any Time Soon," Electric Utility Week, January 20, 2005.
"The landlord model involving utilities simply leasing their facilities to BPL vendors may be most promising because it makes cost allocation a little easier, said Raymond Gifford, president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a Washington think tank that focuses on utility and telecommunications issues.
"A utility that actually serves as the BPL provider, making commercial sales to customers and doing much of the work itself, is less likely because 'utilities don't do too great when they enter competitive markets,' said Gifford, a former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Cable and DSL firms will vigorously defend their territories and try to beat BPL service with lower rates and 'the skill set of a utility is not one that adapts well to a competitive market,' Gifford said."
"PFF Releases Report on Universal Service," RCR Wireless News, January 18, 2005.
"The Progress & Freedom Foundation released a book-length report examining the Universal Service Fund titled, 'The Myths and Realities of Universal Service: Revisiting the Justification for the Current Subsidy Structure,' authored by Senior Fellow Randolph May with two adjunct fellows, Joseph Kraemer and Richard Levine.
"'Myths and Realities provides the most up-to-date data on the increasingly diverse communications marketplace, including cable telephony, wireless services, electronic messaging and Voice over Internet protocol services. Among other conclusions, the data suggests that programs that target low-income households more effectively address universal service goals, including the retention of minorities, than do the existing overly broad non-targeted subsidies,' said Progress & Freedom Foundation President Ray Gifford."
"Wireline," Communications Daily, January 19, 2005.
"While the report doesn't give specific recommendation, co-author Randolph May said USF is 'fixable.' Reform can be undertaken without jeopardizing universal service goals, including rural area's access to reasonably priced telephone service," said May, PFF senior fellow and dir.-communications policy studies. May said PFF would eventually make specific recommendations to Congress and regulators on USF reform."
"Kahn Promotes New Search Architecture," Washington Internet Daily, January 13, 2005.
"'We are very anxious to work with folks,' said Kahn at a luncheon Wed. sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation: 'My hope is we can leverage a big 3rd-party, value-added business.' So far, the java-based application has been available to non-profit organizations and is gaining interest at the Dept. of Defense, the European community and in the publishing community."
"Progress and Freedom Foundation Assails FERC's Policies Under Chairman Wood," Foster Electric Report, January 5, 2005.
"While FERC was originally on the right track in pursuing the goal of restructuring the nation's wholesale electricity markets, Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) Senior Fellow Tom Lenard is claiming that the Commission has taken several major "missteps" since Pat Wood III replaced Curt Hebert Jr. as FERC chairman during the summer of 2001.
"'After a decade of trying, we have failed in the two policy areas that are key to obtaining the benefits of competition: developing a transmission policy that is supportive of competitive markets, and developing the demand side of the market,' Lenard wrote in a recently released report, Electricity Restructuring: What Went Wrong."