USTelecom Panel: Don't Waste $1T on Yesterday's Infrastructure
Depending on your frame of reference, "infrastructure" means roads and bridges or the myriad solutions that make networks hum. Today, the US faces an unprecedented opportunity to combine physical and communications infrastructure upgrades as the foundation of a smart, connected society, a panel of cable, government and telecommunications professionals agreed.
During "Broadband First: Investing in America's Infrastructure," a summit held at the National Press Club and online, participants addressed separate plans outlined by President Donald Trump and Democrats to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. But rather than simply replace aging highways, tunnels and streets with new tarmac, government agencies should incorporate Internet of Things and future-facing devices such as sensors, smart traffic lights and highway signs, said Marty Rubin, president and CEO of Smart City during a panel discussion moderated by Robert Hunt, USTelecom chairman and vice president, regulatory affairs and business operations, at Smithson Valley, Texas-based GVTC .
"We should not waste the trillion dollars on yesterday's way of building infrastructure," said Rubin.
In fact, integrating broadband is essential to the nation's future, said Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) . As automakers continue their investments in connected cars, municipalities must add intelligence to their streets, parking garages, and indeed, throughout their communities, he said.
"The modern world, we know, is not just connected by asphalt and air strips, but today it's also connected by ones and zeroes. Many believe a major push on infrastructure holds out the greatest hope for meaningful, bi-partisan progress in our country," said Spalter. "And it's essential that this push include broadband. Shoring up aging brick and mortar infrastructure clearly is essential to maintaining our country's safety, economic vitality and health. But only by smartly connecting the dots between what is really a largely analog effort and US digital infrastructure can we achieve the national outcomes that truly would be transformative for our country."
Other participating executives included Mark Jamison, an advisor to the Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transition team, visiting Fellow with American Enterprise Institute's Center for Internet, Communication, and Technology, as well as director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida; Kathleen Abernathy, executive vice president at Frontier Communications; David Redl – chief counsel, communications and technology counsel, Committee on Energy and Commerce; and Eric Small, vice president of Commercial and MDU solutions at AT&T.
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