Manufacturers Support an Open Internet and the FCC’s Efforts to Roll Back Regulations

By December 14, 2017Shopfloor Main

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon consider an order to restore internet freedom. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been vocal in its support of rolling back restrictive regulations on the internet, which have created a chilling effect on investment in our nation’s broadband infrastructure.

The NAM submitted comments to the FCC earlier this year explaining the importance of a robust telecommunications infrastructure to today’s modern manufacturer. The shop floors and the products of the industry are increasingly connected to the internet. Manufacturers are dependent on continued investment in the networks on which they run. If the infrastructure is not upgraded continuously, it will impact negatively manufacturers’ ability to innovate. The industry cannot afford a regulatory regime that holds back the development and deployment of the latest manufacturing technology.

After the FCC votes today, the debate will be far from over. The NAM has and will continue to call on Congress to act on this issue once and for all. Manufacturers need certainty when it comes to long-term planning and investment decisions. We look forward to working with every member of Congress on a legislative solution that will continue to foster innovation in the manufacturing sector.

Brian Raymond

Brian Raymond

Director of Innovation Policy at National Association of Manufacturers
Brian Raymond is the Director of Innovation Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). He works with NAM members, the Administration and Congress to shape and advance pro-manufacturing positions on technology policy issues ranging from intellectual property protection, privacy issues and cyber/data security to net neutrality and R&D funding.
Brian Raymond

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