Chairman Pai statement on draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report
Via FCC Headlines
Jan 19, 2018
WASHINGTON, January 18, 2018-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today shared with his fellow commissioners the draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report. Following circulation of the draft report, Chairman Pai issued the following statement:
"In Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress tasked the Commission with encouraging the deployment of broadband on a reasonable and timely basis and issuing an annual report on our progress. Today, I was pleased to provide my colleagues with a draft report that would carry out this statutory responsibility.
"The draft report maintains the same benchmark speed for fixed broadband service previously adopted by the Commission: 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload. The draft report also concludes that mobile broadband service is not a full substitute for fixed service. Instead, it notes there are differences between the two technologies, including clear variations in consumer preferences and demands. As a result, the draft report evaluates progress in deploying fixed broadband service as well as progress in deploying mobile broadband service and takes a holistic approach to evaluating the deployment of these services.
"The draft report indicates that the pace of both fixed and mobile broadband deployment declined dramatically in the two years following the prior Commission's Title II Order. However, the draft report also discussed how, over the course of the past year, the current Commission has taken steps to reduce barriers to infrastructure investment and promote competition in the broadband marketplace. Taken together, these policies indicate that the current FCC is now meeting its statutory mandate to encourage the deployment of broadband on a reasonable and timely basis.
"But while we are now headed in the right direction, our work has just begun. Far too many Americans still lack access to high-speed Internet, and that's why the FCC's top priority under my leadership remains bridging the digital divide and bringing digital opportunity to all Americans."
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