Policies, laws and regulations that impact the access and cost of Internet and the digital technologies we’ve come to depend on…More
- Consumer connectivity – Citizens for a Digital Future supports the policies that will help all Americans gain access to the technology that will encourage the next generation of broadband and digital technologies.
- A vibrant economy – CDF supports a business climate that will deliver the digital inventions of 21st century technologies that will create jobs, lead to innovation and result in richer consumer choice.
- Greater broadband access and dependability – CDF supports sound policies that encourage deployment and enhancement of broadband, but place reasonable expectations on broadband providers that do not inadvertently harm consumers with cumbersome regulations.
- Keeping pace with technology – Some telecommunications laws are outdated with language that is more relevant to the telecommunications features and services of the past. Telecommunications is a constantly evolving industry as can be seen in the growth of the wireless market in the last ten years alone. Updated telecommunications laws would bring a host of benefits to consumers including increased investment. CDF supports reexamining laws that apply to these products and services and updating them, where appropriate, to keep pace with the constantly changing needs of today’s telecommunications and technology market. Any public policies, new or old, should help create markets that are more attractive to investment in broadband and digital and new technologies.
- Wireless innovation – With the advent of smartphones, wireless broadband represents the new wave of telecommunications worldwide. As wireline connections are updated to wireless capabilities and wireless technologies continue to expand, consumers have the ability to access and receive information and stay connected around the world unencumbered by restrictions of landlines, whether it be from a coffee shop in their home town or a sidewalk in France. CDF believes that it is necessary to maintain a regulatory environment that supports and encourages the technological advancements associated with wireless broadband.
- Access fee system reform – Access fees are currently imposed on telephone service providers in many states with large rural areas. The purpose of the fees is to provide funds to help keep rural areas connected. These fees are usually wrapped up as a hidden cost in the rates consumers pay. CDF believes that keeping rural areas connected is critical, but the current system is outdated and now has unintended results that are hurting consumers. One example is that these fees make it more expensive to call in-state than out-of-state.