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RegFlex Final Meeting Makes No Recommendations

The final meeting of the year for the Regulatory Flexibility Committee was held yesterday. The stated purpose of the meeting was to “consider recommending proposed legislation concerning telecommunications reform.” However, no recommendation ended up being made.

At the previous meeting, Co-Chairman Representative Jack Lutz suggested that the committee should endorse a specific legislative proposal for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. It became apparent at Tuesday’s meeting, however, that there was little consensus on the issue.

I enjoyed the caliber of discussion at our final meeting. It helped that it was held in a conference room in the Government Center, rather than in one of the Statehouse committee rooms. In a conference setting all of the members were able to engage in a discussion sitting across from each other at a table.


For truly meaningful dialogue on our technological infrastructure, though, I would like to see committee members (and the rest of the General Assembly, for that matter) receive more education on everything from the basics of broadband, to the latest standards in technology - like WiMax, which has the potential to revolutionize the industry.

Indiana Interconnect is a collaborative effort between business, government, education and technology leaders to “evaluate and improve Indiana’s advanced telecommunications infrastructure and level of technology adoption.” They have more information on our state’s telecommunications infrastructure, including a detailed final report (that is about two years old now).

The adoption of new technologies is spreading quickly across the country. As a state, we need to be at the experimental forefront of telecommunications innovation – not trying to stifle innovation.

Of course, the citizenry needs to be an active participant in these discussions. As it was stated at F2C:

Too often the discussion of telecommunications policy turns on phrases like “overregulation,” and “investment incentives.” These are critical issues, to be sure, but like the term “last mile,” such phrases frame the issues in network-centric terms. As more and more intelligence migrates to the edge of the network, users of the network need to be part of the policy debate. Let’s put the user back into the picture.

Please let me know if you have ideas you would like to contribute.

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