Verizon Policy Blog

Sep23

#CommActUpdate: Universal Service Subsidies Should Be Targeted and Explicit.


As we’ve discussed before, our communications marketplace has undergone a radical revolution over the last two decades and our communications laws haven’t kept pace. Our current communications statute, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, has its origins in 19th century railroad regulation, and scarcely mentions the Internet. The world reflected in the 1996 Act has been replaced by one in which consumers can choose to communicate in an ever-expanding number of ways thanks to the Internet and broadband platforms that continue to bring innovative new services to market. Fortunately, Congress and others recognize that we need to modernize our laws to reflect the competitive realities of today’s dynamic Internet ecosystem. Last week, Verizon provided comment on the fifth in a series of white papers released … Continue reading

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