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TESTIMONY OF KYLE McSLARROW PRESIDENT AND CEO NATIONAL CABLE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION on THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation UNITED STATES SENATE WASHINGTON, D.C. April 22, 2008
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TESTIMONY OF KYLE MCSLARROW PRESIDENT & CEO, NATIONAL CABLE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION Good morning, Chairman Inouye, Ranking Member Stevens and Members of the Committee. My name is Kyle McSlarrow and I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation’s cable TV households and more than 200 cable program networks. The cable industry is the nation’s largest provider of high speed Internet access, making cable broadband service available to 92 percent of Americans, and has invested $130 billion to build a two-way interactive network with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to more than 15 million American consumers. Cable operators are committed to delivering an open and satisfying Internet experience to their customers, and the dramatic growth in cable broadband subscribers is evidence of their success in doing so. The cable industry has consistently demonstrated its commitment to policies that ensure all Americans have access to affordable broadband. We supported, for example, proposals advanced by Senator Dorgan and Senator Stevens to create a fund tailored to expanding broadband into unserved areas. We support Senator Inouye’s Broadband Data Improvement Act, because we believe that improving federal data collection and dissemination regarding where broadband services have been deployed in the United States is necessary in order to achieve the goal of ubiquitous broadband availability for all Americans. And we continue to support: Tax credits or other tax incentives to providers that build out in rural areas that are unserved by an existing broadband provider.
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2 Reform of the RUS broadband loan program so that funding is targeted specifically to unserved areas. Expansion of the FCC's Lifeline and Link-Up Programs to help ensure that broadband access is extended to low-income households. Public-private partnerships to provide broadband in unserved areas. We support these initiatives because we recognize that the government can play an important role in making certain that the economic and social benefits of broadband connectivity are extended to all areas of this country, and we look forward to working with you further to achieve these goals. But while broadband deployment to every community in America merits the full attention of policymakers, legislation calling for “network neutrality” or government intervention into the operation of networks would undermine the goals of broadband deployment and adoption. The development of the Internet, expansion of broadband networks, and creation of innovative
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