This oped by USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter was originally published in The Hill on January 15, 2018.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has a lot on his plate. On top of running a critical independent federal agency, he now must do so under a cloud of hate speech and death threats directed at him and his young children.
When it comes to how Americans use the internet, the mantra “more is more” grows more applicable by the day. A USTelecom analysis has found that U.S. IP traffic has grown nearly 3.5 times over the last five years, and is set to grow 2.5 times over the next five. To get a sense what that looks like, take a peek below:
In December, the FCC voted to repeal Title II regulation of internet service providers, turning authority over to the top federal agency in charge of protecting consumers from shady business practices of all kinds, the Federal Trade Commission. The repeal strengthens consumer protections in a number of ways, all without the destructive, investment dampening baggage of Title II.
When the president enters the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening to deliver his first State of the Union, topics that draw consensus will likely be few and far between. Among the rare issues that unites this partisan town is infrastructure—the idea of putting women and men to work in communities across the country to literally build the future of our nation.
Last week, USTelecom Senior Vice President, Law & Policy Jonathan Banks testified before the D.C. Council’s Committee on Government Operations to weigh in on the importance of the FCC’s decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order and return to a lighter-touch regulation framework.
Below is USTelecom Chairman and CEO Jonathan Spalter’s oral testimony as prepared for delivery before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology hearing: “Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband Infrastructure Solutions” on January 30, 2018: