North Carolina Vision 2030 identifies Infrastructure and Growth Leadership as a key economic pillar that is essential to North Carolina’s future and prosperity. A critical component of North Carolina’s infrastructure is broadband. As our state continues to experience significant population growth, it remains imperative that we have the best technology possible to connect with the world.
This week the debate around net neutrality has heightened as the White House called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose antiquated Title II regulations on broadband, which would reverse two decades of bi-partisan support for a lightly-regulated Internet. In a statement released earlier this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that, “By engaging in such a regulatory overreach, Title II would deter private-sector investment in broadband technology, harm innovation, and slow economic development and job creation. The Internet has thrived under the light touch policy approach that has been applied since its inception.”
Continued innovation and investment in North Carolina’s broadband infrastructure is essential to meeting the demands of our state’s growing population. We will continue to keep you informed on this issue.
Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber