First Hundred Days: BUILDING OUR CONNECTED FUTURE
An Open Letter to President-Elect Biden and the 117th Congress
Congratulations on being elected by the American people to lead our country through these challenging times. U.S. broadband companies stand ready to work with the new Administration, Congress and our many partners to advance the future of American connectivity.
The first 100 days of a new Administration and new Congress are critical to charting a clear, bipartisan course for our nation’s policy agenda. Whatever the challenge—COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, climate change, healthcare, education, job creation, or national security—broadband can and must play an essential role in any plan to lift Americans up and move our nation forward. Throughout this pandemic, when our citizens have needed them most, America’s broadband providers—and the networks we build—have delivered because of billions of dollars of investments and strong partnerships with government. Now more than ever we must sustain this progress together.
It is our sincere hope that our work ahead can prove a unifying turning point for the United States—one that includes a constructive and collaborative dynamic between the public and private sectors. Broadband holds virtually limitless potential to help rebuild our economy, reinvent our health care and education systems, and improve virtually every aspect of modern life. Confrontation squanders those possibilities. Collaboration toward shared national objectives can make them transformative.
You call them constituents. We call them customers. Working together, with a shared sense of commitment, clarity and coordination, we can advance the connected interests of all Americans. In that spirit of partnership, here are actions we believe should be prioritized in the first 100 days in order to maximize broadband’s potential to get us through the COVID-19 pandemic and building together for better days ahead for our nation.
Jonathan Spalter, President and CEO, USTelecom