Proper Resetting of Open Internet Rules is Critical

Proper Resetting of Open Internet Rules is Critical

NTCA has been consistent on our drumbeat of urging policy makers to create clear rules of the road to ensure that the seamless flow of data between users and across networks of all kinds. Rural broadband providers know better than most – having lived through call completion failures in recent years – the result of rules not being clear or enforced. We had held out hope that the prior FCC might use Title II in a disciplined, light-touch manner merely to promote core statutory principles, this framework was unfortunately used to impose one-sided, heavy-handed regulations on broadband networks primarily for the benefit of other actors in the Internet ecosystem. We certainly hope that the coming debate over how to reset the rules of the road will move us back toward a more productive and targeted focus on promoting consumer protection and universal service. And while these discussions are critical, it is also likely to suck up all the oxygen in the telecom space for months to come and has the potential to sideline another of other critical issues that the FCC needs to hopefully resolve in the near future.

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