It’s time to set an innovation agenda for Pennsylvania
Why We Should Enact HB 1608
Current rules were designed for a bygone era when monopolistic landline providers were a concern. Given the changes in the marketplace – aggressive competition, new technologies, evolving consumer habits – it’s time for a new, simplified approach.
Reforming existing rules could encourage more investment and innovation while balancing consumer protections. Pennsylvania is now competing for the next wave of innovative technologies, so we need policies that encourage ongoing broadband investment and deployment across the state and the jobs that come with it.
Public policies should drive innovation, technology and broadband deployment. We can and should update our rules to reflect the new technologies most Pennsylvanians are adopting while still balancing important consumer protections.
Competition – not government mandates – drives innovation, investment and economic growth. The communications industry has been a leader in investing nationwide in one of the toughest economies ever.
Other states are creating their own innovation policies. Updating our rules will keep Pennsylvania competitive. In the past five years, a number of states have modernized their laws affecting the communications industry. It’s time for Pennsylvania to do the same.
Pennsylvania Legislature Takes Up Innovation Agenda
This important legislation:
- Recognizes that the market for communications products and services is vastly different than it was when current rules were put in place.
- Encourages continued competition for communications technologies and promotes future investment and innovation to the benefit of Pennsylvania consumers.
- Maintains Public Utility Commission (PUC) oversight of basic landline phone services in noncompetitive exchanges.
- Provides consistency and uniformity to the regulatory environment affecting communications providers.
- Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) – Telecommunications Competition: The Infrastructure-Investment Race, October 2013, by Anna-Maria Kovacs, Ph.D., CFA
- The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) – U.S. Investment Heroes of 2013: The Companies Betting on America’s Future, September 2013, by Diana G. Carew and Michael Mandel
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2012, by Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics
- State of Florida Public Service Commission – Press Release and Report on the Status of Competition in the Telecommunications, August 2013.
- The CATO Institute – What Happens When Local Phone Service Is Deregulated? by Jeffrey Eisenach and Kevin Caves
- The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) – The Digital Road to Recovery: A Stimulus Plan to Create Jobs, Boost Productivity and Revitalize America, January 2009, by Robert Atkinson, Daniel Castro and Stephen Ezell
- Update Pennsylvania’s Telecom Laws, 2012, by Hance Haney and George Gilder
In the News
The Pennsylvania Coalition for Innovation & Competition was formed to promote continued competition, innovation, investment and job creation for consumers and businesses in the Commonwealth.
We believe we must reexamine and reform our more antiquated regulations to ensure they are still meeting the public interest and promoting the type of investments and innovation that will benefit Pennsylvania consumers for years to come.