Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), took a constructive step to support internet innovation and investment. The FCC voted to move forward with the consideration of a plan that would repeal current regulations that hinder the advancement of an open internet.
“The FCC is appropriately focused on promoting and protecting the open internet while restoring internet freedom to drive innovation, job creation, and competition and spur economic growth in the years to come,” said Robert M. McDowell, Chief Public Policy Advisor of Mobile Future. “Unlike the Chairman’s forward-looking initiatives to remove barriers to local infrastructure and lift barriers to flexible spectrum use, regulating the fast- moving mobile broadband industry under Title II chains it to the past. Innovative, pro-consumer programs, such as free data wireless plans, were on the verge of being prohibited under Title II. We are encouraged by the FCC’s forward-looking move today toward creating a policy framework that will support robust investment and innovation to brighten America’s mobile future.”
“Over the past seven years, more than $200 billion of private risk capital has been invested in American wireless broadband facilities. Unfortunately, the unprecedented 2015 FCC vote to regulate broadband as a public utility created tremendous uncertainty, jeopardizing the future of crucial investments in America’s broadband infrastructure. According to a recent report, investment has slowed since the adoption of little II. The report revealed that capital expenditures were roughly $32 billion in 2014 and 2015, and only around $26 billion in 2016.”
“As the FCC proposal moves forward, the FCC should continue its focus on crafting constructive and inclusive policies that will create investment incentives and produce a win-win-win environment for consumers, edge providers, and network operators alike. Ultimately, however, Congress should pass legislation that firmly enshrines open internet principles into law and ends the net neutrality regulatory ping pong at the FCC once and for all.”