In his latest column for Fierce Telecom, our Co-Chair David Sutphen encourages Congress to pick up where Rep. Waxman left off with his net neutrality bill:
Although the Waxman bill did not arrive at its intended destination—the House floor—the progress made proves that a compromise for what seemed to be a deadlock debate can be reached. Congress should take action on Title II, as it’s now clear that a legislative solution is possible and consensus exists.
Both the FCC decision and Waxman effort bring us closer to meeting the objectives set forth by the National Broadband Plan. Freeing up white spaces paves the way for “super WiFi,” which will likely help extend wireless broadband access to unserved and underserved people in rural and urban communities. It also gives entrepreneurs and engineers room to run. Waxman’s bill showed that, collectively, we can settle the net neutrality debate and move on to goals that mean something to every American, such as job creation and affordable access to broadband. Now is not the time to wipe the slate clean and revert to calls for Title II; now is the time for Congress to pick up where Waxman left off.