Manufacturers have historically been negatively affected by application of many of the Title II requirements and, after years of deregulation, greatly regret to see the trend reverse, especially in these times of economic distress.
Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents the manufacturers of broadband equipment, products and services, today voiced its concerns with Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposal to reclassify broadband Internet service.
"TIA's member companies have historically been negatively affected by application of many of the Title II requirements and, after years of deregulation, we would greatly regret to see the trend reverse, especially in these times of economic distress," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "We are encouraged that Chairman Genachowski has vowed to embrace a light touch approach and refrain from applying provisions that would have the unintended consequence of hindering investment and innovation."
TIA has continuously advised the FCC through publicly filed comments and ex parte meetings to recognize the concerns of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry regarding regulation that would stifle expansion of broadband networks and their ability to serve rapidly increasing demands of consumers.
"Much-needed broadband-enabled services such as telework, telemedicine, interoperable public safety networks and Smart Grid technology, to name but an important few, will be at risk if the ICT industry is overregulated," said Seiffert.
"To realize the full potential of broadband to provide needed life-changing benefits for all Americans, we must allow market forces to guide investment and then address any failure as needed."
"Overregulation would be a travesty at a crucial juncture for this nation," he continued. "TIA is positive the Commissioners have thus far and will continue to recognize that the best course of action is to be cautious and diligent in vetting advisement from all parties concerned."
Over more than a decade, TIA has been extremely active in the regulation and classification debate, and has recently advised the FCC on Open Internet proposals. TIA's publicly filed comments are available at its FCC filings page at www.tiaonline.org.
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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.
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