TechNet Leadership Comments on FCC's Draft Open Internet Framework

Dec 01, 2010, 12:42 ET from TechNet

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders from TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today provided the following comments on the announcement by the Federal Communications Commission of its new draft framework regarding an Open Internet.

"We applaud the work of the Chairman Genachowski and FCC on this draft Open Internet framework," said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet.  "Chairman Genachowski has offered a quality framework that hits the right balance between encouraging investments, fostering innovation and protecting consumers in a manner that is both transparent and enforceable. We appreciate the FCC's efforts to move this debate forward and believe this a good start in that direction. While some stakeholders have expressed initial concerns, we urge them to remain engaged in the process. This framework is a snapshot in time; as the market and technology continue to evolve, this framework will evolve and improve over time."

"Cisco supports the FCC completing this policy debate in a way that maintains an Open Internet, allows network operators to engage in reasonable network management and preserves incentives for investment in network infrastructure," said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco and co-founder of TechNet.  "We look forward to Chairman Genachowski making progress on the key goals of his National Broadband Plan such as additional spectrum for wireless broadband and reforming Universal Service for broadband."

"Maintaining an Open Internet is critical to our economy's growth and Chairman Genachowski and his team deserve kudos for their thoughtful leadership," said John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and co-founder of TechNet.  "This effort is a pragmatic balance of innovation, economic growth and crucial investment in the Internet.  We look forward to working with FCC to protect these principles so the Internet grows and thrives for generations to come."

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