The claim about record deployment of fiber (a favorite of Pai’s FCC) also has less to do with deregulation than the White House would have you think. At least half 2018’s 5.6 million fresh fiber-connected houses are present as a condition of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, negotiated by the previous FCC. Included in that agreement, AT&T agreed to deploy fiber into an additional 3 million homes annually ; a far cry from the”light-touch regulatory scheme” the government claims was responsible for its growth.
Unfortunately for the White House, there is no evidence to indicate any of these developments needed anything to do with murdering neutrality. Some of the data points aren’t accurate, and others are caused by policies from previous administrations.
The statement painted an image of robust programs and broadband investment , free to flourish that Title II was from the way to justify the veto.
The first portion of the government’s data comes courtesy of an Ookla broadband rate report from last December, which discovered that typical fixed broadband rates increased by 35.8% in 2018. On the other hand, the rate tests at the center of the report were conducted by Ookla consumers of last year between Q2 and Q3. Web neutrality was not formally repealed before June 11th of 2018 — or about halfway throughout the measurement period in question. There’s no evidence to indicate the internet neutrality repeal impacted these numbers one way or another, and beyond analysis has shown recent broadband growth to be well in line with past years.
“In actuality, four of those six companies saw investment declines in 2018, and the entire decrease for many of these put together was $1.5 billion” said Wood, who pointed to his team’s own analysis of this information .
There’s a litany of different reasons why 2018 speed enhancements probably had nothing. Cable operators spent much of 2018 finishing relatively cheap DOCSIS 3.1 cable upgrades, which started before Trump was chosen. Other improvements were courtesy of neighborhood broadband efforts the Trump FCC has actively compared .
“It is obviously a very long shot,” Fight for the upcoming deputy director Evan Greer told The Verge. “But was quitting SOPA,” they said, speaking to a hugely controversial copyright law just thwarted due to immense internet backlash.
Among the other characters is pulled out of the media release of a telecom lobbying group. The White House boasted that telecoms had invested $2.3 billion in better networks within the course of 2018 — but the figure appears to have come from a media release sent from USTelecom, a major broadband lobbying group, which blamed the rise to the FCC’s new hands-off approach. However, not everyone agrees: consumer groups say the link isn’t supported by hard data — and business CEOs have even disputed the Title II was stifling investment.
“To assert that large ISPs increased their spending when they did just the contrary –whatever the natural cause for these declines –is a fraud designed to deter Members of Congress from voting to rules their components need and need by 4 to 1 margins,” Wood said.
Wood stated there are tons of reasons why industry investment flows and ebbs, including the amount of competition ISPs face in their home territories. Few, if any, of these reasons have anything to do with the decision to redesign net neutrality of the Pai FCC.
As it winds its way through the legislative procedure, No matter the Save the Internet Act faces long odds. While it may endure a vote today in the House, it faces a much battle. Should it fail, the principles could still be restored by an ongoing lawsuit filed by 23 state attorneys general.
“Since the rule was adopted in 2018, customers have benefited from a greater than 35 percent increase in average, fixed broadband download speeds, and the USA rose to from thirteenth, on earth for those rates,” the White House said. “In 2018, fiber has been also made available to more new homes than in any preceding year, as well as capital investment by the Nation’s top six Internet service providers increased by $2.3 billion.”
“Either way, we are getting more and more members of Congress about the document in support of real internet neutrality protections,” Greer said. “That is the secret for restoring net neutrality in the long run, and the Save Internet Act gives us a strong route to push our way toward this objective.”