U.S. Chamber Statement on President Obama’s Announcement Regarding Municipal Broadband

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 4:15pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for the Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs Bill Kovacs today issued the following statement on President Obama’s speech related to the release of the administration’s white paper on “Community-Based Broadband Solutions: The Benefits of Competition and Choice for Community Development And Highspeed Internet Access”:

“President Obama’s announcement supporting municipal broadband shows once again that the administration is ignoring the tremendous private-sector investment and innovation that is bringing increased broadband access and speeds to millions of Americans. Municipalities are creatures of state law, and in a system based on federalism, a federal agency should not negate centuries of cooperation.

“The Chamber encourages a focus on unserved areas, but if the administration is serious about expanding broadband and reducing regulatory barriers, it should not impose new levels of uncertainty and set up government-subsidized competitors, when all evidence indicates that hundreds of billions of dollars of private-sector investment have been driving economic growth.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.