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Following FCC Net Neutrality Proposal, TIA Calls for an Open Internet that Protects Innovation, Investment and Jobs
Arlington, Va. (Feb. 4, 2015) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today commented on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to reclassify the Internet as a Title II utility.
TIA CEO Scott Belcher issued the following statement:
“While the FCC is staking out ground on the far end of the regulatory spectrum, we believe a much more balanced approach will eventually win the day. We will continue to lead an industry effort to make certain that innovation, jobs and economic growth don't become casualties of the desire to tighten Internet regulations.
“We're confident that, when this issue moves to Congress and the courts, utility-style government oversight will be rejected. Many policymakers share our understanding that the current light-handed regulatory approach has spurred tremendous private sector investment in infrastructure and technology. This has led to new jobs and economic growth, and to a flourishing Internet that offers greater access, more choice and higher speeds.”
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances 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. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.
TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.