USTelecom: Broadband Investment Dropped in 2016
U.S. broadband providers invested approximately $76.0 billion in network infrastructure in 2016 down from approximately $77.9 billion in 2015 and $78.4 billion in 2014. From 1996 through 2016, the broadband industry has made capital investments totaling $1.6 trillion. The start of the decline, the first since the recession ended in 2009, coincided with FCC’s 2015 decision to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The data raise flags that warrant further investigation into whether Title II reclassification contributed to the decline in broadband capital investment.
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A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure
Before investing significant public funds, it is worth taking stock of existing programs, refining the problems policy should address, and defining principles for effective rural broadband policies.
A message from CTIA and America’s wireless industry:
Imagine doctors in New York providing remote care to patients in rural Montana, connected cars reducing accidents and improving commutes. The race to deploy 5G is underway and we’re at a critical moment. The EU, China, Japan, South Korea and others are doing everything they can to win. New rules for new 5G networks will allow the U.S. to lead the way without heavy government involvement or public funding. With quick government action on the spectrum and infrastructure policy, the wireless industry stands ready to invest $275 billion to deploy next-generation 5G networks, according to Accenture. This will fuel innovation and entrepreneurialism across every sector, creating more than 3 million jobs, adding $500 billion to the U.S. economy and driving breakthrough advancements in remote health care, connected vehicles, energy, education and beyond-making our lives better and safer. Learn how at CTIA.org. Source Politico Morning Tech.