Anna-Maria Kovacs: “Has Title II Regulation Stifled Wireless Investment? Here’s What the Numbers Say” (Wireless Week)

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Anyone who doubts that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 2015 invocation of the Communications Act’s Title II utility-style regulation reduced broadband investment need only look at CTIA’s statistics for wireless capital investment, which show a radical decline following that order. These figures come from the group’s annual survey of its members – all wireless industry players – and use consistent accounting year to year. In December 2010, the FCC issued an order that promulgated open-internet rules without invoking Title II. During the next three years, annual wireless capital investment grew from $24.9 billion in 2010 to $33.1 billion in 2013, an increase of $8.3 billion or 33 percent.