Regulatory Modernization Legislation
Consumers in Pennsylvania are redefining the communications marketplace. In growing numbers, they are adopting new communications tools provided by wireless, cable, and Internet companies. Today, Pennsylvanians utilize a range of innovative tools to meet their communications needs including email, text messaging and social networking – communicating in ways that were simply unimaginable when traditional phone regulations were written so many years ago.
While advances in technology have reshaped our world, our regulations have not kept up with this progress and they no longer serve the public interest. Streamlining outdated, burdensome regulations can make it easier for telecommunications companies to continue to invest and grow and enable Pennsylvania consumers to experience the full potential the industry can provide.
Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to modernize outdated rules which no longer make sense in today’s environment, the Telecommunications Market Competition Act (HB 1608). Verizon supports this legislation because common sense reforms are needed to update decades-old regulations that no longer make sense given our robust competitive environment and the diverse technological landscape. Most importantly, we believe this legislation will better position companies like ours to better serve our customers, our employees and the communities we serve, while still keeping important consumer protections in place.
Verizon has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Innovation and Competition, of which we are a member, as well as dozens of independent businesses, to encourage the House Consumer Affairs Committee and Legislature to move HB 1608 forward. Verizon is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Innovation & Competition because we believe that continued competition, innovation and investment benefits consumers and businesses throughout the state.
You can help our efforts by visiting and "Liking" the Coalition’s Facebook page or voicing your support for the bill via the Coalition’s Action Center.
Robust competition has been the driver of technological progress - especially in our industry. Yet while Pennsylvanians have benefited from this progress, state regulations have not kept up. It is time for Pennsylvania to join with other states who have
already modernized their regulations to ensure Pennsylvania remains a great place for residents to live and work.