Manufacturers know that the future of their industry and their ability to compete in a global marketplace is tied closely to the deployment of new broadband lines and high-speed wireless data services across the United States and we need an environment that encourages innovation and investment in these critical areas. That’s why manufacturers are concerned that the rules approved today by the Federal Communications Commission could inject more uncertainty into broadband policy and have a chilling impact on investment.
NAM members strongly agree with the statement by Commissioner Baker that “Preserving the open Internet is non-negotiable; it is a bedrock principle shared by all in the Internet economy, a building block on which we can all agree.”
We also share Commissioner Baker’s concern about intervening “in the one sector of the economy that is working so well to create high-paying jobs, untold consumer choice, and entrepreneurial opportunity.”
As we’ve said many times before, Congress, not the regulators, needs to step in and adopt a comprehensive broadband policy aimed at the deployment of services, open access and smart resource allocation , including policies that:
- Remove barriers to entry that prevent broadband providers from offering high-speed information services to homes and businesses;
- Balance the need for regulations against the potential to dampen private industry’s incentive to invest in broadband technology;
- Encourage federal and state regulators to monitor the rollout of broadband services;
- Support a federal framework to ensure fair, technology-neutral competition for all providers; and
- Allow for the continued public/private collaboration to improve the security of the network through incentive-based legislative and regulatory tools.