Supporting an Open Internet

Internet service providers (ISPs) have always been committed to and offered American consumers a powerful, open internet 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 where companies do not block, throttle or otherwise interfere with the customer’s desire to go wherever they want on the internet. Consumers demand it and, more importantly, it makes good business sense to provide customers full value for their internet connections.

Prior to 2015, bipartisan federal internet policy unanimously supported a “light touch” regulatory model which provided the incentive to invest and build some of the most advanced networks in the world. Since the mid-1990s, $1.4 trillion in private investment was injected into building powerful networks that are available to most Americans, in urban and rural communities.

But the FCC’s misguided 2015 decision to impose heavy government regulation of the internet networks raises costs, which are ultimately born by consumers, and threatens the continued growth and expansion of internet networks throughout America. Consumers are best served by policies that encourage ongoing investment and innovation especially as technology changes, as network demands increase, and as stakeholders focus on closing the digital divide in every community across America.

Only Congress has the power to conclusively settle this debate and provide the FCC with clear authority to enforce open internet principles. It is time for bipartisan legislation that will end the decades-old legal controversy and permanently enshrine enforceable open internet principles in statute. Such action will allow everyone to move beyond endless partisan debate and allow industry to focus on building the world-class networks that will create jobs and advance American prosperity.

ISPS COMMIT TO OPEN INTERNET

Recently, member companies of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and the American Cable Association (ACA) placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post to reaffirm our strong commitment to an open internet and to delivering a fast and vibrant online experience to consumers. Learn more about this commitment.

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FACT
$250

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

FACT
85%

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

FACT
2GB

cable Internet speeds reached 2Gbps

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE OPEN INTERNET

“The balanced approach Commissioner Pai unveiled will encourage new investments in broadband networks and speed the development of innovative services, including Internet of Things technologies, telemedicine, distance learning, emergency services, and mobile 5G.”

Statement of Cisco on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Vision for Updated Net Neutrality Policy | Jeff Campbell, VP | CISCO [statement]

“Yes, Trump-approved FCC Chairman Ajit Pai intends to revisit this issue. But getting rid of “Title II” utility rules doesn’t mean we can’t still have strong, enforceable net neutrality rules.”

Democrats must have a better response on net neutrality than simply 'no' | Ev Ehrlich | THE HILL [article]

“Net Neutrality is a foundational principle in the digital age. But for too long its future has been uncertain due to changes in leadership and politics. That is why it’s important for Congress to do what only it can do through a bipartisan process: write into law the principles of Net Neutrality. Congressional action will provide innovators with a level playing field and industry with the certainty to make technology and investment decisions to continually upgrade our networks. If Net Neutrality is as important as we all say it is, it should be the law of the land, not a political hot potato resting on the third rail of American tech policy for another decade.”

CALinnovates Calls On Congress To Enshrine Net Neutrality Into Law | Mike Montgomery, Executive Director of CALinnovates [article]

“Most efforts to regulate the internet make things worse in the long term — or, in this case, much sooner. Here, the effort to transform Internet Service Providers (ISPs) into utilities is a cure far worse than the problem.”

The Tangled Web of Net Neutrality and Regulation | Larry Downes, Author and Project Director at Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy | HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW [article]

TELL CONGRESS TO MAKE
NET NEUTRALITY PERMANENT

With Title II, the FCC has imposed heavy new Internet regulation that goes far beyond widely supported net neutrality protections. Title II will increase consumer costs, slow investment and innovation and cause years of uncertainty. But Congress can step in. Bipartisan legislation can protect consumers while promoting the investment needed to continue expanding and improving America’s broadband networks. Let's choose a future that embraces progress, not expensive regulations.

BROADBAND BY THE NUMBERS

Infograph: Top Residential Speeds Offered by Cable (Mbps)