It is 2015. We have cars that can talk to each other. Satellites in outer space guide farmers where to plant seeds. Drones deliver goods to your doorstep. And the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to regulate the Internet is now live.
Which one of these does not seem to push the boundaries of innovation?
If you guessed the move by the FCC to regulate the Internet under a law written in 1934 then you are correct.
Yet despite calls from manufacturers citing this move will decrease investment in our nation’s robust telecommunications infrastructure therefore hindering our ability to innovate, the FCC’s Open Internet order goes into effect today.
This regulatory scheme is a threat to the manufacturing comeback as so many in our industry have embedded connected technology into our products and processes. The NAM will continue to work with Congress on a bipartisan legislative solution and we encourage you to get involved. In the meantime, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at innovation in manufacturing today versus how the FCC views our industry….