Biography for Anna-Maria Kovacs
Anna-Maria Kovacs is a Visiting Senior Policy Scholar at Georgetown University's Center for Business and Public Policy. Her expertise is in industry analysis and her area of focus is on the interplay between public policy and investment.
Dr. Kovacs has followed the communications industry for over 30 years, either as a financial analyst or as a consultant. She was the Founder and President of Regulatory Source Associates LLC, which provided investment professionals with analysis of the impact of federal and state regulation on investment in the telecommunication and cable industries. She recently founded Strategic Choices to provide consulting on financial, strategic and regulatory issues that impact the communications industry. (Source: Georgetown University)
Articles by Anna-Maria Kovacs
Not surprisingly, initial reactions to the opinion of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholding the FCC's Open Internet Order have focused on its effect on fixed and mobile broadband internet access providers. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the threat this decision poses to edge providers.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is conducting two proceedings to examine the U.S. special access market, which is part of the business broadband market. Various competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) seek regulation of special access rates, terms, and conditions offered by the incumbents (ILECs). The ILECs argue that such regulations are not only unnecessary but would in fact distort the market for business broadband in a way that would harm its users.
At the first meeting of the FCC's Technology Transitions Policy Taskforce on March 18, the workshop will consider various topics around the final transition to IP. One suggestion that has received considerable support is that the process should protect consumers by including a few pilot trials to ensure that any issues that surface do so within a limited and safe environment.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence of IP traffic, phone companies must still operate an increasingly obsolete but costly circuit-switched POTS infrastructure alongside their IP networks. But is it wise to try to speed up the transition to an all-IP environment?
In an era of scarce capital, the U.S. communications industry is making a remarkable investment in our country's infrastructure. In 2011, wireline, wireless and cable companies spent a total of $66 billion on their networks. But while all of that is encouraging, there is still room for improvement.
The FCC's recently released Eighth Broadband Progress Report shows that broadband access has increased at a remarkable rate. So why is the Commission taking a pessimistic stance on the pace of broadband adoption?
The FCC's "Measuring Broadband America" report has encouraging results that show American consumers' average connection speed has risen 10.6 Mbps, to 14.6 Mbps, in the past year. But the United States still faces two major broadband adoption challenges for consumers and businesses.