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Broadband Infrastructure to Slow or Halt
If even half of the ISPs decide to pull back investment, the impact on the tech equipment sector will be immediate and severe, and the impact would be even greater if wireless broadband is reclassified.

What You Need to Know

Today's manufacturers rely on open access and innovation to thrive, depending on a continued national commitment to building and deploying ever more capable and faster networks.

Policymakers have approached broadband Internet with effective, restrained policies that supports the free flow of data, services and ideas online while creating a climate that supports private investment.

 One study estimates that capital investment by certain broadband providers could be between $28.1 and $45.4 billion lower than expected over the next five years if wireline broadband reclassification occurs.

On behalf of all manufacturers who depend upon broadband Internet, the NAM rejects backward looking demands for reclassification, and encourages continuation of the current policy approach that has served the nation well.

  • 11/16/2015
  • 08/06/2015
    Manufacturers Take Action on FCC Ruling
    NAM along with several business associations, filed an amicus brief today to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the pending lawsuit on the legality of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to regulate the open Internet.
  • 02/26/2015
    Why the Open Internet Matters to Manufacturers
    Today’s manufacturers are innovators and technologists that have leveraged the Internet to compete, deploy new technologies, connect with their workforce and their customers, reduce costs, cut waste, enhance the environment and create safer, more reliable products. Unnecessary regulation of the open Internet will stifle innovation.
  • 02/26/2015
    Regulating Open Internet Will Stifle Manufacturing Innovation
    NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse released a statement on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to regulate the open Internet.
  • 12/10/2014
    Multi-Industry Letter to Senate in support of an Open Internet
    A multi-industry letter to Majority Leader Reid; Republican Leader McConnell; Speaker Boehner; Minority Leader Pelosi; and Chairman Wheeler urging opposition of efforts to unnecessarily regulate the open Internet.