U.S. Distance Learning Association Calls on FCC to Focus Reform Efforts on Innovation and Expansion
letter urging Commission to focus latest reform efforts on broadband expansion rather than net neutrality
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Distance
Learning Association issued a response today with the Federal
Communications Commission urging the commissioners to expand access to
affordable, high-speed broadband service for thousands of Americans who
rely on internet access for educational opportunities.
that distance learning has witnessed in the past few years has led to
increased broadband adoption and affordability," Reggie Smith, USDLA
President said. "The growth and widespread availability of broadband
has greatly improved the ability of institutions to support distance
learning in all its forms. USDLA is committed to helping foster
continued innovation and broadband deployment."
As the Internet
evolves, and as congestion, security and other challenges grow, new and
innovative methods and technologies must grow with them to meet these
challenges. "The most effective way to meet these challenges, and best
serve the needs of thousands of distance learning students, is to
promote private sector research innovation while supporting broadband
access across all sectors," Smith said.
understands that the success of the internet and the growth of distance
learning has been a direct result of government and private sector
investment. Adding any type of rules or regulations that inhibit the
continued research and growth of the internet and distance learning is
not a good idea.
The US Distance
Learning Association was formed to promote the development and
application of distance learning for education and training. The
learning communities that USDLA addresses are: pre K-12, higher
education, continuing education, corporate training, military and
government training, home schooling and telemedicine. In addition,
USDLA is also focused on national and international technology based
Distance Learning. www.usdla.org