Washington — Upon FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s announcement today of the 5G Upgrade Order, the following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers: “Recent events have shown that reliable networks are necessary for Americans to work and learn remotely. Upgrading to 5G networks is a critical step in building the…
CCIA has a long history in the field of telecommunications and is committed to vigorous competition in every market and submarket of our industry. Connectivity is crucial for our economy, and faster, more reliable networks will assure that telecommunications networks continue to be catalysts for innovation, economic growth, and jobs. The United States needs to ensure that our regulations promote the deployment of next generation networks. Congress and federal agencies must work diligently to enact policies that will reinvigorate broadband access competition, increase broadband connectivity for all Americans, stimulate domestic economic growth, and preserve U.S. competitiveness in a global digital economy.
The Internet was originally built in the USA with a combination of federal government, private and university resources on a foundation of American innovation, openness and nondiscrimination. To sustain its social and economic benefits, the Internet must remain open and free of commercial or government gatekeepers. CCIA supports rules that will ensure a free and open Internet.
CCIA advocates for streamlining regulations to promote broadband deployment and 5G technologies in the U.S. and Europe. CCIA speaks from its unique position as a trade association that represents both Broadband Internet Access Providers (BIAPs) and companies that rely on Internet access.
Demand for mobile broadband capacity is projected to outstrip wireless network supply in the next decade unless the federal government takes action to reform both commercial and government use of this finite public resource, the electromagnetic spectrum, to make it more efficient. Our association includes both tech and telecommunications companies, including BIAPs that need more spectrum to meet the exponentially growing demands for high speed mobile broadband. CCIA supports forward looking solutions to address the spectrum crunch, including freeing up more bands — low, mid, and high — for licensed and unlicensed use.
CCIA and its members support the dynamic innovation that characterizes the independent mobile broadband market and mobile app development. Unfortunately, the largest legacy monopoly carriers often resist business model disruptions made possible by new technology and the potential new competition it might bring. To realize the benefits of IP convergence, lawmakers and government agencies must update our nation’s policies to comport with today’s telecom infrastructure realities, including local access bottlenecks, both wired and wireless, while reducing barriers to entry and striving to foster competitive open markets.