Posted by: Brent Olson on October 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Today, Dale Hatfield announced another significant milestone for the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). For the acronym junkies, you’ll want to know that after careful debate and deliberation, befitting a room of technical experts and engineers, the group agreed that the preferred pronunciation would be Bee Tag – perhaps a harbinger of the group’s collaborative spirit and out-of-the-box thinking to resolve thorny problems in an amicable way.
More importantly, for a consensus-building organization, the group has finalized its structure, and its operational and membership guidelines.
This is truly a first-of-its-kind entity and, while no doubt everyone involved is taking a bit of a leap of faith, speaking for AT&T, we are truly excited to be a part of this effort from the ground floor. One thing we can probably all agree on is that broadband and Internet policy issues should begin with a strong foundation in and understanding of the underlying technology, given its inherent complexity and dynamic nature. This is not to say that technology should be the sole determinant in making Internet policy, but it is generally safe to say that any policy decision made without the benefit of understanding how the technology works is likely doomed to fail and probably not without first doing some serious damage.