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--which has invested more than $250 billion since the 1990’s to build broadband networks--has embraced and fostered the development of an open Internet. 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, we have some of the most advanced networks in the world with connections capable of 300 Mbps and faster available to 85 percent of U.S. homes. Today, wired or wireless broadband reaches 99 percent of Americans, among whom include founders and creators of our nation’s top web companies and exciting startups.

A continued light regulatory touch is critical in order to keep America’s broadband momentum and innovative ideas in the technology space moving forward.


The mid-90s and early 2000s was a period of explosive change for the Internet. Policymakers were asking themselves unprecedented questions about how to deal with this burgeoning, rapidly changing technology. Questions such as: Should we leave it alone? Should we regulate it? And if Internet rules were established, how would those rules work? Michael Powell and several other digital policy pioneers shared their experience and opinions on Internet policy, reflecting on the birth of the Internet and how their choices resonate through to today in this video.

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billion invested by cable in the expansion of the US’s extensive fiber-rich national broadband network


of homes have access to networks capable of 300 Mbps or more


cable Internet speeds reached 2Gbps

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Infograph: Top Residential Speeds Offered by Cable (Mbps)