Broadband & Telecom

A key priority for CompTIA and the technology industry is ensuring innovation and economic growth of the Internet economy. This includes helping to ensure an open Internet, deployment of new, faster broadband networks, and finding ways to get more Americans online.

Specific initiatives include advocating for the removal of barriers to the deployment of high-speed broadband networks and finding ways to make more spectrum available for both licensed and unlicensed use.

Finally the Communications Act, which was last updated in 1996, has grown outdated due to rapid advances in technology, and is badly in need of an update to allow the FCC to regulate the industry in a manner suited to the realities of today.

Broadband & Telecom Committees

Federal

Press Releases

Government Officials Optimistic about Smart Cities even as Challenges Come into Sharper Focus, New CompTIA Report Finds

Oct 05, 2017

Sen. Booker, Rep. Hurd and Ron Culler Named 2017 CompTIA Tech Champions

Feb 15, 2017

CompTIA Finalizes Agenda for 2017 D.C. Fly-In and Tech Policy Summit

Feb 13, 2017

Blog Articles

  • FCC Needs Rules to Preserve an Open Internet

    by Matthew Starr | Sep 05, 2017
    In July, CompTIA filed comments with the FCC in response to its Restoring Internet Freedom NPRM. As you may know, the FCC released this NPRM in May, and its primary point of focus was a proposal to reclassify broadband internet access service (BIAS) as an information service.
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  • An Easy Way for the FCC to Boost Wireless Competition

    by Elizabeth Hyman & Matt Starr | Aug 09, 2017
    CompTIA executive vice president of public advocacy, Elizabeth Hyman and director of public advocacy Matthew Starr teamed up to pen an op-ed for the Washington Examiner on July 31. Hyman and Staff emphasize that increased broadband competition will not just make the average consumer experience more gratifying; building a nimble infrastructure today will power the jobs and innovation of tomorrow by providing all industries with the technological tools they need to compete on a global stage.
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  • Minor Changes to Broadband Infrastructure Laws Can Have Huge Impacts

    by Matthew Starr | Jun 22, 2017
    Last week, CompTIA submitted comments in two different FCC proceedings focused on reducing barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment. The first focused on wireless deployment, and particularly on finding ways to speed up the process for deploying small cells. The second focused on wireline infrastructure and how to improve the processes for getting access to utility poles and local rights-of-way. Our proposed changes should help increase broadband competition, improve speeds, lower customer costs, and help pave the way for the next generation of wireless networks.
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