Broadband Policy in 2017: What to Expect
Posted February 02, 2017
With the election of President Trump and with the Republican control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, a definitive shift in telecom and broadband policy is almost guaranteed. On February 1, Connected Nation released a policy brief aimed at discussing the key issues in broadband policy to watch for in the coming year. Key issues include:
- A new direction at the FCC with newly appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai;
- Net neutrality and possible regulatory action by the FCC or legislative action by Congress seeking to amend, replace, or eliminate entirely the 2015 net neutrality order;
- Expectations around the AT&T and Time Warner Merger; and
- Action on Capitol Hill with Commerce committees in both the U.S Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives moving quickly on broadband and tech policy in 2017; movements include Senator John Thune’s announcement of the Senate Commerce Committee’s tech agenda for the 115th Congress and the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on the reauthorization of NTIA.
To read about these issues and other key broadband policy topics to follow in the coming year, see Connected Nation’s latest policy brief: Broadband Policy in 2017: What to Expect.