Internet and Telecommunications Principles
TechNet views the internet as a vital tool for consumers’ access to information and empowerment. With the rapid evolution of technologies, rising consumer demand for data, and the dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT), TechNet believes that telecommunications policy and regulation should promote greater internet access and continued private investment in broadband networks and cloud services. TechNet supports:
- Policies that expand broadband connectivity and internet access, including to and within anchor institutions (schools, libraries, and health care facilities) and federal buildings.
- Policies that provide a safe and secure consumer experience, promote free speech, and enhance strong industry competition.
- Policies that facilitate continued private investment in broadband, infrastructure, and cloud services.
- Policies that promote public/private partnerships in deploying broadband connectivity.
- Policies to increase the availability of licensed, unlicensed, and shared spectrum; and policies that promote accurate broadband mapping.
- Responsible efforts to clear more federal spectrum for commercial use.
- Federal policy initiatives that can expedite broadband deployment, such as “Dig Once” and access to federal lands and buildings.
- Technology-neutral policies that reduce burdens on broadband providers and ease restrictions on rights of way, cell tower siting and permitting so that broadband buildout can expand rapidly.
- Policies that promote broadband adoption and digital literacy.
- Lawmakers working together to find common ground to implement a policy on privacy protections.
- The principles of net neutrality and a fair and open internet.
- Safeguards against intermediary liability.