Connect the Future Statement on FCC Restoring Net Neutrality Rules

April 25, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of restoring net neutrality rules that reclassify broadband as a Title II service.  Connect the Future (CTF) released the following statement in response:

“With the headline-grabbing net neutrality vote now in the rear-view mirror, the Commission must swiftly turn its attention back to prioritizing efforts that help achieve broadband for all. This means addressing the underlying obstacles preventing millions of Americans living in rural areas from accessing high-speed internet, such as barriers to utility poles.

“FCC actions taken this past December were important first steps toward addressing some pole attachment issues, but the reforms needed to meet our urgent challenge remain incomplete. To get unserved families connected quickly, the FCC must take prompt action on its proposals around large pole attachment orders, self-help, and use of contractors. Connect the Future also urges the Commission to swiftly enact clearly defined and equitable standards for how the costs of pole replacement investments should be shared by pole owners and attachers.

“Continued pole access issues around the country demonstrate the pressing need for our policymakers to take further action on pole reform. The FCC has the opportunity right now to play a profound role in ensuring that this monumental moment to connect every unserved American is not wasted.”