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FCC commissioners remain divided on broadband progress report’s merits

February 6, 2018

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The FCC determined in its 2018 Broadband Deployment Report that the overturning of the 2015 Title II order for net neutrality will help to enable large telcos and cable operators to make capital investments to enhance broadband availability, but overall, the commission remains divided on its findings.

According to the report, broadband deployment progress “slowed dramatically” after the Title II Order that regulated broadband Internet access service as a utility, was passed under the Tom Wheeler-led FCC in 2015.

By overturning the order, the FCC said in the report that it has removed regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment, promoting competition, and restoring the longstanding bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework for broadband. The report also assesses the impact of the Commission’s policies on broadband deployment.

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