Next-generation networks increasingly will play a critical role in upgrading the efficiency of the nation’s infrastructure assets, USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter said during a panel focused on infrastructure and investment at NARUC’s 2017 winter meeting. Spalter appeared on a panel with executives from the water, oil and gas industries.
Broadband strengthens brick and mortar assets, and continuing investment in internet infrastructure is essential to keep pace with fast-moving broadband-fueled innovation, Spalter said. Pro-consumer and pro-investment policies are especially important in this economic climate, given the worrying dip in 2015 broadband industry capital investment captured in a December USTelecom industry report.
Another necessary next step is thinking smartly about a new legislative framework that reflects today’s digital realities, and does not regulate broadband under railroad and rotary phone rules of the past, Spalter said.
See USTelecom’s Jan. 26, 2016 Broadband First event for a discussion on infrastructure policy by Trump administration advisors, Capitol Hill representatives and telecom industry executives.