NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

Statement of Michael Powell, President & CEO of NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, Regarding Introduction of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act

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Statement of Michael Powell, President & CEO of NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, Regarding Introduction of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act

“As America continues to wrestle with the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic, it has become clear that connecting all of our citizens to reliable broadband internet service is an urgent national priority. The Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act introduced today by Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) is pro-consumer legislation that will expedite and expand broadband deployment to unserved communities that need it the most. The bill would repeal an outdated and unnecessary eligibility requirement that unfairly prevents qualified internet service providers from participating in federal universal support programs designed to close broadband access gaps and encourage adoption. By retiring the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation, more ISPs with a proven track record of operating broadband networks would compete for government support. With Congress considering new strategies to advance access and adoption of broadband across America, now is the time to remove antiquated and unnecessary barriers that deter ISPs from delivering broadband service to every citizen.”