Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has been busy this season doing something similar – taking an axe to unnecessary regulatory underbrush that has slowed the deployment of fast broadband around the country.
The nation stands on the cusp of a massive mobile internet revolution. Far from hyperbole, the coming transition to fifth-generation (5G) wireless will bring mobile data speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s 4G technology.
Although copper wires have been a feature of the telephone system since Alexander Graham Bell first called Watson, it’s time for them to go away. Fiber is simply faster and a better, more flexible technology.
One simply cannot expect carriers to invest tens of billions of dollars in broadband deployments when they don’t know which regulatory aspects of Title II are going to be implemented by the FCC from time to time.
Enough is enough. Activists organizing against Chairman Pai’s rules, who argue for Net Neutrality, should demand Congress take this fight into its own hands and protect an open internet with bipartisan legislation.
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.