Our Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher and Co-Chairman Jamal Simmons offer their thoughts on how the net neutrality debate can finally be put to rest.
In response to the FCC’s adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom NPRM at its Open Meeting today, the Internet Innovation Alliance issued the following statement.
A sound economy relies on reasonable and restrained regulation that leaves lots of room for innovation, growth and profits. That’s why Congress should stop the ping-pong effect of the Net Neutrality debate as power passes back and forth between political parties.
Without Congressional intervention, net neutrality policy will continue in an endless back-and-forth. Every party change at the White House will produce an FCC that shifts net neutrality rules to its favored terms.
If we are serious about speeding broadband deployment, the FCC has to get into the nitty-gritty questions about access to poles, equipment, contractors, how long the process should take, how providers should be compensated, and similar issues.
Monopoly-style regulation from the days of rotary phones is simply inappropriate in today’s competitive, innovative broadband marketplace.
Just as in 1974, when a window existed for bipartisan approval of a sweeping healthcare reform, today’s Congress has an equally promising opportunity to pass legislation putting the net neutrality debate to rest.
Today, the FCC took steps to jumpstart greater investment in America’s next-generation broadband networks and services.
If CLECs truly want to participate in this market, it’s time for them to invest and compete by building modern networks.
It's time for the FCC to move forward with Business Data Services reform that promote investment.