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Idaho Governor Praises Competition, Urges FCC Use “Caution and Restraint” in Regulating Business Broadband Market

Excerpt from a letter sent by Governor of Idaho C.L. “Butch” Otter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai, and Michael O’Rielly:

“As Governor of Idaho, I have seen for myself the growing nexus between faster business broadband availability and economic growth. More specifically, I understand how investment in facilities that expand Ethernet services supports the growth of Internet-based businesses.

Unfortunately, the FCC seems poised in its ongoing special-access proceeding to backpedal from more than a decade of pro-competition facility-based policy. So I write you today urging you to reject efforts aimed at re-regulating the rates and terms of service for providers of business broadband services.

The market works. Business broadband providers have responded to consumer demand for higher-bandwidth services. More than $1.4 trillion has been invested in network infrastructure since 1996, with wireline providers investing more than $720 billion. Cable companies also invested in broadband infrastructure at a rate of $13 billion annually from 2009 to 2015. And while broadband quality and speeds have improved, the average price per megabit per second of data has dropped by about two-thirds over the past five years. Continuing that kind of responsiveness to market signals will require providers to keep investing in necessary infrastructure.”

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