Mobile Future

FCC Issues Notice of Inquiry to Regulate Broadband

In today’s monthly meeting, the FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry to begin the process of considering possible legal frameworks for regulating broadband Internet services. Mobile Future Chairman Jonathan Spalter responded to the FCC’s decision, noting the detrimental effects increased regulatory uncertainty will have on the industry’s marketplace.

“The astounding opportunities in the U.S. for Internet connectivity and services have depended significantly on the vision of innovators and the discerning choices of consumers. But today, with increasing regulatory uncertainty in the communications sector, the future of this success story hangs in the balance.

“Today’s wireless and broadband markets require significant capital investment to anticipate and meet growing consumer demand. Unfortunately, today’s FCC action puts future growth and investment at risk and creates unnecessary turmoil in one of the key drivers of the U.S. economy.

“We are disappointed with the Commission’s decision to pursue a path that could deter rather than incent broadband deployment. We urge the Commission to work in partnership with all stakeholders including Congress, entrepreneurs and innovators, and, of course, consumers in shaping a sustainable solution that will restore economic confidence in the communications sector and stimulate ingenuity, investment and American jobs.”