Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington DC…at least when it comes to the need for future-proofed rural broadband networks!
Senator Wicker and Congressman Welch join NTCA and our partners at the Fiber Broadband Association for the unveiling of our National FiberFAST plan today. As many folks know, fiber infrastructure is central to America’s broadband future. National broadband goals – including higher performance services, real-time applications, smart communities, precision agriculture and better access to healthcare and education – will not be achieved without a strong foundation of fiber connectivity. Even the much-hyped 5G product will be a fiber-fed technology as fiber is key to wireless services.
A number of amazing panelists joined us for the morning to share their own perspectives, including Brian Boisvert, CEO of Wilson Communications in Kansas and Larry Thompson, CEO of Vantage Point and a key player in a number of deployments. Much of the discussion focused on ensuring that all Americans have access to comparable speeds and services and educating Capitol Hill staffers that fiber is a more efficient and effective product – almost unlimited capacity, no need to replace in a few years, lower op-ex for companies – truly future-proofed technologies that will allow folks the capacity needed for all of the amazing applications today and coming down the pike in the future.
NTCA and FBA gave Congress a few suggestions today – promoting entry, building broadband faster, helping and sustaining the business case for broadband and modernizing outdated regulations as part of our FiberFast plan. I’m excited about kicking off even more discussions around fiber and why it is the technology of choice.