tv Communicators with Jonathan Spalter CSPAN April 3, 2017 8:00pm-8:38pm EDT
colorado and are also very busy making sure that access is provided to broadbrand -- broadband centers as well as the suburbs. are customers are like tucker, the ceo working around high point to deliver advanced broadband to communities he serves. he told me a story about his grandfather and great grandmother, zelda, who were leading the companies and serving the communities over the decade. it is the core of the membership
in telecom. for example, smart cities in florida that have become the leader in providing networks for nation conventions and hotel industries. it includes companies like century link in monroe, louisiana. i had the chance to visitt there a -- visit the and see the profound progress they are experiencing. our members span the entire country but all joining on one important point and that is delivering broadband regardless of where they live. they are part of a special broader broadband community that invests more in the economy, american infrastructure than any industrial sector in our land.
in 2015, it was $76 billion in total investment in our nation's infrastructure from the broadband sector. >> what are their concerns in washington? >> our broadband supports products for customers. they have been doing it for decades. i would bundle them to three clear categories. we prioritize broadband first.
pushing a broadbraand first. whenever we can equip providers to do their job better we have to prioritize broadband as an important input to our national economic, political and cultural life. it has to be reflected in our nation's policy agenda. second is what i call parody. for too long, broadband providers have been siloed in their own regulatory taxonmy even though there are so many competitors across the broadband system and have to operate and invest within that regulatory silo that is both requiring specific burdens only on broadband providers. we thing it has been discri
discriminatory and bias. the divisions that divided wireline from cable and satellite are an old and distant pass. as chairman pai at the fcc says we have to fire up the weed wracker and clear through the brush of the discrimination and bias that folks on our company, large and small, so we have a level playing field they can continue to invest and innovate. the third category is what i would call clarity. we need policy frameworks that provide a clear line of sight so they can invest in the long
term. the past is not the prologue unterms of the investment. we need into approaches for what they play in the economy. reflect that in having clear simple modern framework that guides the policy going forward. >> host: one more question before we bring david shepherd from reuters into the conversation. you described the votes on internet privacy rules as a win for consumers. how is that? >> it as a win-win for consumers and privacy. we knowed -- we understand that protecting our industry's privacy is upmost important.
it is a win-win because your on consumers have the opportunity going forward to have a consistent and harmionized framework for privacy protection that is applicable across the broadband system not just for one part of the broadband ecosystem versus another. consumers demand and require consistency and we need an ingle approach. it is a win-win also because it enables more innovation to happen in our networks and
our consumers both yesterday and today have storm privacy data. our companies are aligned that ensuring sensitive data and our personal lives need not and should not be transacted or shared on our networks. we are all committed to that. it is very good that the current chairman of the fcc and interim chair of the fcc have joined together and they will act together in partnership to make sure our consumers achieve the privacy protections they require. look, every day, globally, six billion searches are happening on google alone. every time one of us goes on a
google search, we know that there are non-sensitive data that can be populated into a broader database that allow the other parts of the broader internet ecosystem to provide better services through advertisement and meaningful development and rn d that consumers should expect from an increasing innovative ecosystem. what we are saying from the perspective of broadband providers is there is should be a single set of rules that apply to our increasingly interdepend and coordinated ecosystem. it doesn't single out rules that apply to one subset of actors and favor others. we should have a common set of
standards put at the forefront of our vision that the idea it is our critical obligation to protect sensitive information of consumers. but at the same time enable the innovation and new business model and new services that we know are customers are clamoring for every time we log on and are accessing this extraordinary phenomenon we call the global internet. >> they are seeking to repeal the rules of net neutrality under title two that were put in place under the previous administration. congress talkeded about -- talked about revisiting the issue. do you believe congress should
put in place a new framework to consider some of these protections under a different section under the law? >> all of our consumers are prioritized and we support net neutrality and areo open for fre internet. we understand it is not depensable to our democracy and to the education of our families and communities increasingly. we all are aligned for a free and open internet. what we disagree with is how to get there. we don't think the title two solution should guarantee the future of the open internet. we think it is regressive policy. title to is an artifact of a dead and gone framework.
can we assure it will be as open, innovative and certain as the innovations we are seeing in the internet ecosystem? i dare say we can. the parth forward isn't entirely -- there are moving par parts. this is the only true path to protect the open internet and allowed us to fly as the leader without the title two rules of the last few decades.
it a more flexible approach and modern approach ensuring that ultimately congress himself has the opportunity to engage on this. it is making a clear framework that will allow all consumers to know the internet we have been enjoying and learning about the future of the internet. i think the future of the internet has the opportunity for great things. the innovation cycles are still in the early stages of where we are going and looking at future
where we are going to be evolving into new generations that will allow a million wireless censors to exist within a square kilometer. higher speeds that the enable cycles of new types of products and services that are going to be unimagineable from augmented reality, artificial intelligence, connected vehicles which i know you cover so well and have been thoughtfuluble. -- thoughtful about. these are all dependent on the ability of our internet to continue to innovate with the scale, speed and progress we have seen in the last few decades.
if we want to have that broadening dynamic internet we need to have a set of rules that will be as nimble and forward looking that we have experienced and that has created this great abundance of opportunity. on the other hand, we can chose to continue down, i think, a more ridged and less fruitful path which is an internet touted with the old rules under the framework of title two. it is time to move on and i think we have the opportunity to do so. >> host: jonathan spalter, are you encouraged from what you have heard from this administration? >> i have been particularly encouraged the president has said it is time for our nation to invest significantly and in a
bold way of upgrading our national infrastructure. a call that has been echoed by colleagues on the democratic side in congress who have advanced their own blueprint for the national infrastructure plan that would allow for all of our infrastructure elements to be upgraded into modern circumstances consumers require. we are encouraged because part of the plan emphasized we need to put broadband into the future of american infrastructure and what it is all about. we have been very pleased to speak to members of the white house staff, and a number of folks on both sides of the aisle, who understand the
existentially important role broadband is playing as part of our national infrastructure assets. we understand we need to invest more, not less, to reach those millions of americans who don't have access to broadband, particularly in the rural communities and an infrastructure plan that understand it is no longer just asphalt and airports that are connecting our society but increasingly it is the ones and zeros of broadband as an essential input giving the way forward. we will be working closely with the administration and the congress to advance a national infrastructure plan that prioritizes broadband and lows it to be coupled with brick and motor and we can realize the transformative opportunities and benefits that stronger infrastructure puts to us.
that loops back to members in the business of creating the core infrastructure of making that happen. >> as the ones and zeros and digital infrastructure increase, there is more pressure on privacy and infrastructure. where does the private government fit into making sure those are protected? >> the federal government has the pole position in ensuring privacy from a framework perspective is consistent and in tact and consumer facing. we are working with government to make sure that happens but in industry we bear responsibility for that. we are articulated that in a shared commitment toward principles that we all joined in the broadband industry to make sure our consumers and the community they live in, as well
as our allies and partners in government, all understand we are alongside this effort where we are absolutely focused on ensuring that no sensitive information of our consumers will be shared and developing the framework that will allow a consistent and pluminized approach to ensuring consumer protection now and in the future. i think we are on that path and there is going to be positive results in the future that are positive. cybersecurity is an obligation of government and industry to shoulder together. i am glad to see that is shared mutually and cooperative. telecom is happy they are developing the smart and precise frameworks that will advance the efforts that we all need to
address which it comes to cybersecurity. the threats are increasingly real. there is present danger that our networks are facing but it is not our networks alone that have to be vigilant and engaged in advancing the fight. there is a responsibility to use the coordinated investment and information sharing with our partners in government to ensure we have a cohesive and above all coordina coordinated view of the field of battle. are we done with our work? absolutely not. but i am very pleased to see the progress that is underway. we are expecting shortly an executive order from the white house that will elaborate a clear framework for the path
forward in cybersecurity. our member companies are working across the system with cable, wireless, together in a group of people we chair to come up with a common action plan that will ensure the increasing integrity of networks and their security. a lot of work ahead but we have joined the battle and are making progress. >> business week said a lot of americans don't have a choice in a provider for broadband. what should the government do to expand in rural areas and provide more competition? last year the fcc was part of charter communications acquisition of time warner and add a million new homes and million homes with existing
providers. is that the right way to go about it? how do we add more competition and serve more areas? >> look at the primary advancements our nation's consumers are lacking when it comes to broadband. i clearly reject that analysis. our data, and it is data that has been reflected in fcc proceedings, it is part of the record and commonly known even when you look at just wired broadband choice, 84% of americans have the choice between two wired broadband service providers. 96% of all americans have a choice of at least three wireless broadband options. we have profound competition in our broadband service provider ecosystem. there are 1900 broadband service providers in the united states of america. common sense shows by picking up
a newspaper or watching television ads about the number of choices we have. in comparison to other countries in the world, the numbers are off the charts. american consumers enjoy more broadband choice than any other consumer on the globe. i think government owes, not just our network investment and the innovation we are seeing in industry propelling that, government has played an important role in catalyzing that competition with two decades of common sense, light touch, regulatory framework that has enabled and not d dis-incentive for more investment. a key input to making sure competition continues with pace is to ensure that our government can modernize its own regulatory
framework that it applies to thinking about how broadband network operators might interact and make that framework more adaptable to allow for the kind of investment, the kind of innovation we have come to enjoy and benefit from in year's past. there is no guarantee that is going to continue. we are optimistic it will. we are shouldering the burden on our part through our member companies to continue to make the kind of investment we know our consumers expect. we need to work with washington to advance a new communication of what modern communication should be about. it should be about incentive competition and not privileging with a thumb on the scale one part of the broadband system
we have evolving standard and we all agree in those types of principles. where we disagree is the notion that government should decide to limit because of their own decision making and the choices available with opportunities on our networks. thinks like zero rating or giving opportunities for content that has a lower price point than other types of contents that exist and why shouldn't they be able to exist on what consumers have in the internet state? all we are saying is let's
develop a framework that will allow consumers to be in the front the kind of market we can they can aspire to be. let not put the government regulator horse before the cart in regarding the internet services we want to use in the future. i would much prefer to allow those providers to chose next direction than those in the washington regularttory agencie.
at the end of the day, in this title two world some would like us to embrace i have to say i talked to lots that use internet services and i never heard anybody say they want their internet services look like their gas company. >> you come from a democratic, technological, silicone valley background. has this been a tough transition for you with the republican congress and trump administration? >> it is a great question. i have had a lot of fun carrying the flag of the broadband flag in industry where democrats and republicans are fundamentally aligned. the kind of work and the
republicans and democrats and it is what the broadband brings to the economy. i have had opportunity to collaborate, learn from and share learning with members from both sides of the aisle and the fcc advanced a new suspicion for our broadband future that will allow our member companies at u.s. telecom and the broader ecosystem to have a clear line of sight about the investment opportunities ahead. the one and zeros that are treversi treversing.
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