Federal Policy Agenda


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Internet and Telecommunications

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 broadband connectivity and continued public and 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 services and streamlined network infrastructure deployment, including at the local level
  • 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, especially in the mid-band that will be critical for powering next generation networks.
  • 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 growth and innovation in Voice overInternet Protocol (VoIP), text, cloud computing, and video services provided over the internet.
  • Recognize that Domain Name System (DNS) is used in a widely distributed, multi-stakeholder manner and preserve its decentralized model that contributes to the internet’s safety, security, and reliability.
  • 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.
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