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This week, Axios hosted a forum sponsored by Charter Communications to examine the ways in which our communications ecosystem will continue to develop with the onset of new technologies  and how smart policy decisions will encourage the continued flourishing of communications both at home and abroad.

Panelists included businessman Mark Cuban, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, and the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina Stephen Benjamin. The panel was moderated by Axios editor Mike Allen.

One major topic addressed by the panel was the need for public and private sector cooperation when confronting the digital divide. Senator Gardner’s hometown of Yuma, Colorado is 150 miles from Denver with a population of about 3,000 and he shared that at times, though labeled by the FCC as being areas with coverage, he is without cell phone reception. The Senator noted that Colorado is one of many states in need of better access to broadband for all.

Mayor Benjamin echoed the Senator’s concerns about access to broadband. He highlighted the need for more public-private partnerships to ensure that broadband infrastructure investment remains a priority. According to Benjamin, “if I can foster an environment where the private sector brings more access to capital to our area, then we all win.”

The restrictive regulatory policy associated with Title II represents the exact opposite of a private and public sector collaboration. Investment will only flow when we craft policies that encourage it.

Hopefully with the new Administration and FCC Chairman will continue to advance and support policies that incentivize continued investment in our communications ecosystem.

 

Other blog posts about: BFA Members, Broadband Adoption, Digital Divide

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