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Current Open Internet Transparency Rules are Working; FCC Should Continue Light Touch Regulation for Wireless

July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Competitive Carriers Association issued the following news release:

Today, in filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), CCA (Competitive Carriers Association) encouraged the Commission to continue to use a light touch regulatory approach for wireless carriers in any open Internet regulations. CCA agrees that establishing policies for an open Internet is important, but any rules must understand and allow for the substantial differences between wireless and wireline broadband Internet access service.

"The FCC got it right with its 2010 open Internet rules," said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. "The Commission correctly recognized that mobile wireless is different and should be treated with a lighter regulatory touch than its wired broadband counterparts for numerous technical and practical reasons.

Wireless networks, operating over scarce and limited spectrum resources and facing an ever-increasing data demand from consumers, are inherently more constrained than wired networks, and these differences must be taken into account."

"Additionally, wireless carriers already have spent substantial resources implementing the 2010 transparency rules, and adopting new or different rules will place an undue financial burden on these carriers, especially smaller carriers with limited resources. It makes little sense to change the current rules when they are working. Additional regulation is unnecessary, and I encourage the Commission to maintain the same approach to mobile broadband Internet access services as it did in 2010."

[Category: Telecommunications]

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