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.

CCIA’s View:

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.

Most Recent Statements:

CCIA Welcomes FCC Commissioner Confirmations

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the Senate reconfirmation of Brendan Carr, as well as the unanimous confirmation of Geoffrey Starks, as commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. These confirmations fill the five-seat panel, which had been operating at a deficit since Mignon Clyburn stepped down in mid-2018. The following can be…

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CCIA Responds To FCC Arguments on Abdicating its Duty to Protect Net Neutrality

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with the Entertainment Software Association, Internet Association, and the Writers Guild of America, West, asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to rescind an FCC Order that removed enforcement of net neutrality, nondiscrimination rules. CCIA and its partners filed a reply brief Thursday saying the FCC,…

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CCIA Supports Lee and Markey Bipartisan Bill to Evaluate Government-Held Spectrum

Washington — Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to better account for the resource fueling internet access — broadband spectrum. The bill requires that every year the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, along with the FCC and Office of Management and Budget, would have to determine the commercial value…

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