IIA believes that now is the right time for the FCC to update and modernize its approach to reporting to Congress on the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability. Because consumers perceive and use mobile and fixed broadband services in essentially the same way, the FCC should now consider mobile and fixed broadband services “functional substitutes” and report to Congress accordingly.
Encouraging investment in 5G technology that will extend broadband to all Americans, from urban centers to rural areas, should be a top priority for policymakers. It’s also important that we show people how the internet is useful in their everyday lives. Luckily, the value of saving money is a major benefit with which everyone can identify.
The private sector, in partnership with state and local governments, is working to connect every corner of the country with high-speed internet access.
This interactive map highlights the various programs and investments being made to keep every state strong in the digital economy.
A lot has changed since 1996. But one thing that hasn’t changed are so-called “Special Access” or Business Data Services (BDS) regulations. Below is a collection of IIA’s work on Special Access/BDSs and how the FCC should take a smart and sensible approach when it comes to regulations.