Anna-Maria Kovacs

Anna-Maria Kovacs

<p>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.</p>
<p>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. (<em>Source: Georgetown University</em>)</p>

Stories by Anna-Maria Kovacs

Kovacs: No case for special access reregulation

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.

For telecom, it's all about IP

The Federal Communications Commission&#39;s (FCC&#39;s) Technology Transitions Policy Taskforce is having its first meeting on March 18. The workshop will consider various topics around the final transition to IP, including network capabilities, adoption, and evolution. One suggestion that has received considerable support in the comments so far is that the process should protect consumers by including a few pilot trials to ensure that any issues that might surface do so within a limited and safe environment. The Taskforce workshop could not be more timely or welcome.

Taking care of consumers in an IP world

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 and speed up the transition to an all-IP environment?

America's broadband adoption challenges

The FCC&#39;s "Measuring Broadband America" report has encouraging results that show American consumers&#39; 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.