Internet Association research finds ISPs continue to invest and innovate at similar or greater levels in the current regulatory environment, including after the 2015 Open Internet Order. IA will release its full research paper on internet service provider (ISP) investment in the coming months. A preview of key takeaways from the research:
ISP investment is up over time, and shows no decline as a result of the implementation of strong, enforceable net neutrality rules in 2015.
By multiple, independent metrics, ISP claims of depressed investment don’t mesh with reality. From actual capital expenditure numbers, to patents, to prices, the 2015 Order has not had the effects that ISPs claim.
IA research pulls from the same data sets as ISPs.
This report relies on publicly data available directly from ISPs or used by ISP trade groups.
ISPs have failed to prove the 2015 Order has had a negative impact on investment.
Efforts to replace the 2015 Open Internet Order are not based on economic fact. ISPs have failed to prove that the Order specifically necessitates reversal of FCC policy.
ISP CLAIM: Infrastructure investment among leading ISPs has decreased 5.6% because of net neutrality
IA research shows telecom investment increased following net neutrality. There’s no evidence that net neutrality caused infrastructure investment to decline
Increase in telecom investment among Publicly traded companies from 2013-2014 to 2015-2016
Source: Company SEC Filings via Free Press
Telecom investment 2014-2015 (based on projections)
Source: OECD & USTelecom
Cable investment 2009-2016
Source: SNL Kagen via NCTA
Telecom investment 2010-2016 (based on projections)
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