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April 2008
  • "Planned Safety Network Up In Air," Washington Times, April 30, 2008
    "[Rivada Networks CEO Declan] Ganley's company specializes in public safety communications in the U.S. and Europe. He spoke yesterday about the fate of the D block at a lunch sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a D.C. nonprofit that supports a free-market policies."
    "'There is absolutely no way that a new entrant can go in and build a viable communications network as a new entrant and be able to compete credibly with somebody who's able to spend $3 or $4 billion a year, like Verizon,' he said."
  • "CEO: Rivada Considered 700 MHz Band Auction But It 'Couldn't Make the Numbers Work,'" TR Daily, April 30, 2008
    "'We ran the numbers,' Declan Ganley said during a Washington luncheon sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation. 'We couldn’t make the numbers work. There is absolutely no way that a new entrant can go in and build a viable, commercial network as a late entrant and be able to compete credibly.'"
  • "Mobile CEO: Public Safety Can Use Current Spectrum," CIO Magazine, April 29, 2008
    "'It is absolutely basic common sense to leverage off the infrastructure that is already there,' [chairman and CEO of Rivada Networks] Ganley said at an event hosted by the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank."
  • "Senate Commerce Committee Approves Resolution Condemning FCC Media Ownership Order," Tech Law Journal, April 24, 2008
    "Ken Ferree, head of the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF), stated in a release that 'I continue to wonder what year those who are opposed to media liberalization think it is. The Senate Commerce Committee resolution rejecting the FCC's attempt to throw a life-line to struggling traditional broadcast and newspaper media outlets can only be motivated by willful ignorance of the fierce competition that now exists in the media space.'"
  • "Deal Between U.S., China Firms Collapses," Info Tech & Telecom News, April 24, 2008
    "Criticizing the way CFIUS and U.S. politicians handled the Bain-3Com-Huawei proposal, Bret Swanson, a senior fellow of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, said, 'The more often the U.S. blocks or merely harasses foreign investors, the stronger message we send that we don't want the world's capital. The more obstacles we lay before highly skilled visa applicants and would-be immigrants, America's status as the strongest magnet for ideas and talent erodes.
    "'As we build more robust firewalls to repel this "dangerous" knowledge and money, it becomes more likely that ideas and capital will flow through other nodes of the global economic network. ... Pushing foreign capital away could further weaken the dollar and, in a downward spiral, signal that any new investments are likely to further depreciate in dollar terms.'"
  • "Report: Mandatory Controls Could Harm Children," XBiz, April 18, 2008
    "A new report by The Progress & Freedom Foundation's Adam Thierer casts doubt on the effectiveness of government-mandated parental controls set by default on media devices such as disc players and game consoles — and Internet access."
    "'When consumers are unhappy about a service feature — but companies are not permitted to address that unhappiness by turning off the higher settings — a likely result could be for companies to weaken or even not offer parental controls altogether,' Thierer said. 'Mandated defaults could also either cause consumers to either purchase devices from outside the country, where such regulations would not be enforceable, or discourage them from purchasing new devices that could contain superior parental control tools.'"
  • "E-Filing Fees Under Attack," e-Week, April 15, 2008
    "'You might think, "Why in God's name can't the IRS just put up a Web site?"' said Jeffrey Eisenach, chairman of Criterion Economics and a co-founder of the stalwart free market think tank, the Progress and Freedom Foundation. 'The IRS' experience with large IT systems suggests the costs of trying to implement I-File would be large and the results uncertain.'
    " Eisenach is the co-author of a new report paid for by the CCIA that says e-filing should remain in private-sector hands.
    "'Even using very generous assumptions, our analysis shows that I-File fails a benefit-cost test; it would cost at least $132 million more than it would save over the next 10 years and probably a lot more,' he said."
  • "The YouTube Effect," Telecommunications Magazine, April 8, 2008 
    "In a keynote speech called Estimating the Exaflood: the Impact of Media on the Internet, Bret Swanson, senior fellow at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, estimated by mid-2007 YouTube was streaming 600 Petabytes, making up 7 percent of total U.S. Internet traffic."
    "Swanson believes we are now in what he calls Phase 3 of the Internet evolution. A big enabler of this phase will be faster connections to the home and business.
    "'The world has come to the Internet for the last 10 to 15 years, [but] the true broadband visual video Internet is now just starting,' he said. 'It’s changing the nature of Internet traffic, and it will greatly change the volume of network traffic. Phase 3 will mostly be enabled by fiber to the home.'"
  • "Why Stocks Stink,", April 3, 2008
    "In January Bret Swanson, a fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, in conjunction with George Gilder, of the Discovery Institute, released a report about a dazzling future of movie downloads, Internet video and an explosion in business traffic."
    "As [Swanson] also notes, '[All this] will require a dramatic expansion of bandwidth, storage and traffic management capabilities in core, edge, metro and access networks. In the U.S., currently lagging Asia, the total new network investments will exceed $100 billion by 2012.'"

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