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“Today Chairman Pai released a plan that, if implemented, will hand over control of the open Internet to the powerful gatekeepers of our connections to the modern world. If adopted, Chairman Pai’s proposal will harm competition and innovation and will leave consumers without any real protection or oversight by either the FTC or FCC for broadband services.”

Excerpt from a joint statement by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny.  

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According to the most recent Pew Research Center study, only 44 percent of Americans think that the government should subsidize broadband for lower-income households, and 55 percent believe that broadband is affordable enough that nearly everyone should be able to buy it.

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“We asked our staff, ‘All of these companies are submitting all of this information, when was the last time you actually used this information?’ And we got the answer, ‘Well not within living memory. Certainly not within the last five years.”

These comments and a commitment that more deregulation was to come, garnered FCC Chairman Ajit Pai raucous applause this week at an American Cable Association summit. Pai added that “we have to remember that rules have to match the marketplace that we’re in.”  

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Excerpt from PTA testimony offered on Wednesday to members of the House Consumer Affairs Committee during a public hearing on the telecommunications industry and broadband deployment.

“With all of the changes made by the FCC since 2011 and its CAF/ICC Order, RLECs are receiving dramatically less support to keep basic service affordable and maintain the traditional landline network.   As mentioned, we are COLR providers for traditional service, and adhered to the statutory mandate under Act 183 to deliver broadband service […]

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Excerpts from the respective comments of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and AT&T regarding the former’s report accusing the company of declaring lower income residents of Cleveland ineligible for the company’s discount broadband program.

“The maps show a clear and troubling pattern…a pattern of long-term, systematic failure to invest in the infrastructure required to provide equitable, mainstream Internet access to residents of the central city (compared to the suburbs) and to lower-income city neighborhoods. When lending institutions have engaged in similar policies and practices, our communities haven’t hesitated to […]

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Expert from a recent filing made by the NCTA-The Internet & Television Association with the FCC regarding a meeting NCTA reps had with Commission staff on the agency’s next broadband deployment report.

“We urged the Commission to state clearly in the next report that ‘advanced telecommunications capability’ simply denotes an ‘advanced’ level of broadband, and that the previously adopted benchmark of 25Mbps/3 Mbps is not the only valid or economically significant measure of broadband service. By the same token, we recommend that the next report should keep […]

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“The outcry for things like ultra high-speed service in certain areas means longer wait for those who have no access or still rely on dial-up service, as providers rush to serve the denser and more profitable areas that seek upgrades to this level. Today, ultra high-fast residential service is a novelty and good for marketing, but the tiny percentage of people using it cannot drive our policy decisions.”

Excerpt of comments made by FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to Fierce Telecom regarding the national push for deployment of faster broadband services.  

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“Here for me is the bottom line on free data. That’s why the FCC has closed investigation on free data offerings.”

Comments of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council’s Broadband and Social Justice Conference this week regarding his decision to end the zero-rating investigation. Pai was referring to a recent research finding of the Pew Research Center which indicated a significant reliance of minority and low-income customers on accessing the […]

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“This is an idea whose time has finally come. I applaud Chairman Pai for taking the initiative to implement this important change to our procedures and I can’t wait to see all of the other process changes he has planned in the coming months. He has been a great partner in this effort.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s statement regarding Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to publicly release the text of the Commission’s monthly meeting agenda items in advance.  

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