CenturyLink: Net Neutrality, Municipal Broadband Orders Hurt Innovation

WASHINGTON – The following statements on today’s Federal Communications Commission votes are from CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) Executive Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations Steve Davis:

“Taken together, the FCC’s net neutrality and municipal broadband pre-emption orders will make it harder for broadband providers to deploy fiber in their networks and offer the higher speeds and better performance levels customers demand. The end result of these new regulations is that Internet innovation and investment will suffer.”

Net neutrality order:

“CenturyLink is very concerned about the impact of regulating the Internet as a utility under a 1930s regulatory regime that has no place in the 21st century economy. We agree with the basic principles of an open Internet and believe the FCC could have prohibited the blocking or degrading of lawful content—something CenturyLink has never done—without stifling innovation. We look forward to working with Congress to pass net neutrality legislation that protects consumers and doesn’t smother the growth engine of our economy with obsolete regulations.”

Municipal broadband pre-emption order:

“CenturyLink is disappointed that the FCC has decided to grant the municipal broadband pre-emption petitions and substitute its judgment for that of states and localities on how to best allocate limited taxpayer dollars. We believe the best approach is for municipalities to explore workable partnerships with existing Internet service providers. We applaud efforts by members of Congress, including legislation introduced today by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, to preserve state and local laws that protect taxpayers from municipal broadband failures. CenturyLink will continue to work closely with communities, local leaders and Congress on creative public-private partnerships that bring high-speed Internet services to more American homes and businesses.”

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