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INCOMPAS/Verizon: 50 Mbps Should Be Business Data Services Table Stakes

Broadcasting & Cable By John Eggerton

As the June 28 comment deadline on the FCC’s business data services (BDS) nears, INCOMPAS, representing competitive carriers and computer companies including Google, and telco Verizon were pushing their compromise proposal at the FCC.

They came up with a proposal several months back, before the FCC’s late March vote, but fleshed it out with a specific test for what the FCC should consider competitive markets for business data services.

They say the FCC should conclude that any service at speeds lower than 50 mbps should be deemed noncompetitive, and that any service over a gig should be considered de facto competitive.

Cable operators were strongly against the compromise, much of which was reflected in the proposal the FCC voted to put our for comment.

“The Verizon and INCOMPAS so-called business data ‘compromise’ is anything but that and simply not credible,” said CenturyLink SVP John Jones. “Now that Verizon and Sprint, INCOMPAS’ largest member, have sold off vast amounts of their own wireline networks, it is no surprise that they are seeking a free ride on the backs of companies that continue to invest billions of dollars in their fiber networks every year. This proposal should be dismissed for what it is-a self-serving attempt to ignore the cost of building tomorrow’s infrastructure while seeking below cost rates from the providers who build the nation’s networks.”

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