Remarks of Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner, Before the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA)

Broadband deployment challenges need to be examined holistically. As the Federal Communications Commission, states, and localities consider particular actions to address existing challenges, everyone needs to assess both the individual and additive impact of their actions on the competitive environment. In any event, government entering the marketplace as a participant should not be part of any solution. Here are four areas in which I think we could best spend our time in the coming months:

One, enact fixes to our internal process and reorganize the Commission structure.
Two, remove regulatory underbrush (i.e., those rules and regulations that have outlived their usefulness and cause burdens, in terms of costs, compliance time and lost opportunities, on regulated entities);
Three, undo inappropriate and partisan decisions made by the prior Commission.
And four, pursue a pro-growth, pro-innovation agenda that allows providers to spend more time serving consumers and less time worrying about being trapped by the Commission’s latest harebrained regulatory scheme.


Remarks of Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner, Before the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA)