I perform policy research on issues like broadband internet, internet economics, internet regulation, cost recovery, radio spectrum, telecom policy, mobile cellular wireless technologies, 5G, regulation, network security, digital business models, rural broadband, universal service, universal connectivity, net neutrality, technology software platforms, and antitrust and competition. I comment in the press and media about technology policy issues. Here is a selected list of articles in the media which feature my work and/or my quotations on current events. Feel free to be in touch for commentary on technology policy issues.
Looking ahead: Will Universal Service Fund reform finally happen?
The Universal Service Fund (USF) – which financially supports several of the FCC's high-cost and low-income broadband programs, at roughly $8 billion annually – has been going through a tough time.
Benefits of ACP Extend Beyond People Who Subscribe to Broadband
The benefits of ACP flow to more than just those who it helps subscribe As my new research shows, the largest beneficiaries of the ACP are America’s tech platforms Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft. Together they earn hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, annually on each new American who adopts the internet: https://strandconsult.dk/recovery-for-broadband-use-a-study-of-the-business-model-for-50-broadband-providers-thatoffer-service-in-24-american-states/ However, these companies do not participate financially in federal programs designed to promote broadband adoption. Whereas telecom providers have been paying billions of dollars for years to support the USF, universal service subsidies to fund broadband for rural areas, school, libraries, hospitals, and low-income Americans, tech platforms have contributed zero to such programs. Yet tech companies get the benefit of any new user who comes online from these programs. My new report describes the ways that these companies could contribute financially, continue to enjoy the financial benefits of new internet users, and minimize pass-through to end users. Thank you for your attention and feel free to share.
Standard General-Tegna at the FCC: Process or Prejudice? (Guest Blog)
Standard General’s acquisition of some 60 broadcast stations from Tegna would create the nation’s largest minority-owned and woman-led broadcast company in U.S. history and enshrine historic jobs commitments and a neutrality agreement for all Tegna unions. In addition to an $8.6 billion investment in local media, the transaction supports Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Biden administration diversity goals. The transaction passed review unchallenged by the Department of Justice. However, it has been sidelined by the chair of the FCC, which controls the transfer of broadcast licenses. The deal has languished for more than 400 days, a record for the FCC which normally processes such rule-compliant TV license transfers in 182 days.
Fact checking Analysys Mason’s case against recovery of broadband costs
The fair-share debate has been bubbling under the regulatory surface for some years, but for a long time was rejected by the European Commission. Now it is the subject of a 12-week, long awaited Connectivity Package consultation by the Commission which will finish in late May and, in some form, could become part of Europe’s telecoms policy framework. Strand Consult says Analysys Mason has been commissioned to produce a series of reports by US Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, and their trade associations and supports both their publication and critical examination of them. The Denmark-based analyst firm’s Roslyn Layton, PhD* has written a freely available report, Fact Check on Analysys Mason’s Claims on Big Tech Investments and Arguments Against Broadband Cost Recovery.
Apparently, the metaverse will run just fine on 5G
A new post from Facebook owner Meta makes a pretty noteworthy claim: "5G infrastructure will allow the metaverse, in time, to deliver AR [augmented reality] mobile experiences of real value to society and there is no evidence that additional investment is required to make this happen." The post, authored by Meta's Kevin Salvadori and Bruno Cendon Martin, represents the latest round in the European debate over "fair share." Basically, European network operators want Big Tech companies like Meta to help pay for their networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, companies like Meta aren't so keen on that idea. "Network fee proposals are based on a false premise," the two Meta executives wrote this week.
Telcos Urge EU to Answer ‘Daring Question’ of OTT Payment for Network Use
Whether telcos have a fair shot at monetizing what happens on their networks is one of the "daring questions" the EU must ask as it looks to the future of European telecom, said Lise Fuhr, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association's director-general, Tuesday at a hybrid Politico debate on the future of connectivity. Addressing the issue is crucial as virtualization and AI make networks smarter and empower many more parts of society, she said.
Even people who don’t watch Netflix are paying
Roslyn Layton, a doctor at Aalborg University in Denmark, asserted this in the ‘domestic and overseas network use video interview with foreign experts on the issue’ of SK Broadband held on the 23rd. Dr. Layton said that the ‘network fee lawsuit between SK Broadband and Netflix’ is attracting attention in the world, and that the global content provider (CP) Netflix’s ‘network free ride’ is being criticized around the world.
Toward An Unhackable Internet
What happens if we can’t access money from the ATM or our credit card? What if hackers take down the US Treasury? Why do we scrupulously protect ourselves in the offline world with locks, rules, borders, police, and armies, but fall short in cyberspace? It takes a former financial regulator and futurist to ask such probing questions.
Urging Need for FCC Action on Universal Service Fund, Expert Says Congress Too Slow
FCC should not ‘wait for Congress to sort through these complex issues. A Broadband Breakfast event panelist doubled down last week on her call for the Federal Communications Commission to unilaterally expand contributions to the Universal Service Fund, despite the commission deciding this summer that any such change should come at the direction of Congress.
Roslyn Layton: Is Netflix Getting a Free Ride on Broadband Networks?
Roslyn Layton joins the podcast this week to talk about broadband networks and whether or not Netflix and other streaming video services are getting a free ride. We review a recent South Korean Court Case that could change the way broadband networks operate globally, analyze President Biden’s broadband plan, and discuss the free-market approach to ensure network investment.
To pay or not to pay ― Netflix, SK enter phase two of legal battle
Netflix and SK Broadband entered into the second phase of the legal battle over the payment of network usage fees after the U.S. streaming giant appealed the court decision last year that sided with the Korean internet provider. The first hearing of the appeals court, brought on by Netflix against the internet company, took place on March 16.
Should 23 Million South Koreans Pay More For Broadband When Only 5 Million View Netflix?
South Korea has emerged as a flashpoint for litigation from Netflix against SK Broadband (SKB), the country’s second largest broadband provider. The country is widely recognized as a world leader in broadband. It ranks first among OECD nations for the percentage of fiber connections in total fixed broadband, 86 percent. Moreover it consistently leads in the International Telecommunication Union’s scoring for broadband access, use, and skills.
SK Broadband should seek compensation from Netflix over network fees: expert
SK Broadband, a major Korean internet service provider (ISP), should seek reimbursement from U.S. streaming giant Netflix for refusing to pay network use fees, a technology policy expert has said. In September, SK Broadband filed a lawsuit against Netflix to demand such fees, saying that Netflix did not come forward for talks even after a local court ruled in June last year that it was "reasonable" for Netflix to provide something in return for the service.
Roslyn Layton, Forbes Contributor, “Netflix OCA cannot be used as a means of avoidance”
Roslyn Layton in Conversation with CSET's Will Hunt
This week, Dr. Roslyn Layton sat down with Will Hunt from Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) where they discussed the importance of the American semiconductor market and the ways in which we can ensure a strong national supply chain policy in the face of increasing national and economic threats.
China Doesn't Have to Fire Missile to Attack America
China has so much leverage over the US that "they don't have to fire a missile at us, or shoot a gun, they can simply hold up the supply chain" to harm the US, said Roslyn Layton, founder of China Tech Threat at CPAC 2020.
Dr Roslyn Layton Discusses the Real Threat Coming from China
In this interview Dr. Roslyn Layton discusses the real threat posed by technology coming from China.