Supporting An Open Internet
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer millions of American consumers a powerful, open experience so they can enjoy the web content, services and applications of their choosing. The broadband industry has embraced – and fostered the development of – an open Internet because consumers demand it and it makes good business sense to provide customers full value for their Internet connections.
As a result of the U.S. bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet, private broadband providers have invested more than $1.2 trillion to build and maintain broadband networks since the 1990’s. Today, wired or wireless broadband reaches 99 percent of Americans and we have some of the most advanced networks in the world with connections capable of 100 Mbps and faster available to 85 percent of U.S. homes.
America is home to the world’s top web companies and exciting startups are born every day. Keeping America’s broadband momentum moving forward requires a continued light regulatory touch.
An Unparalleled Success
Thanks to a light regulatory touch that has encouraged investment, innovation and risk, the Internet has become an unparalleled success in the U.S. and worldwide. A recent federal court ruling found that the FCC has sufficient authority to protect consumers and preserve the principles of openness. Americans have always had an open Internet and they will continue to enjoy the same freedoms that have made the Internet the transformative technology it is.
A Light Hand in Regulation
While some advocates propose that the Internet be regulated like a “common carrier” – akin to electric or water companies that provide a basic service – imposing regulations designed for century old utilities will only choke off growth and investment. Reversing the long-standing bipartisan policy of light-regulation in favor of the heavy regulatory bucket of the monopoly telephone-era would slam the brakes on the investment and innovation that has been the hallmark of the Internet.
million: Number of American homes with access to ultra-fast networks that offer speeds of 50 to 100 Mbps or faster
billion: Investment by cable industry in the expansion of the US’s extensive fiber-rich national broadband network