Washington UTC Calls for FCC to Correct the Data

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) respectfully requests the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) revisit the underlying basis for its April 28, 2016, further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) aimed at increasing competition in the business data services market.

Consistent with our previous comments dated February 11, 2016, the UTC continues to support the Commission’s promotion of competitive markets during and after the ongoing technology transitions. However, the UTC is concerned by the recent acknowledgement by four large cable providers that they significantly undercounted the number of locations capable of providing business data services. Because this new information may likely affect the data framework underlying the Commission’s determination of non-competitive areas, the UTC believes the prudent course is to incorporate the undercounted business data services information into a revised or new marketplace analysis that accurately reflects the state of the marketplace before moving forward on implementation of the FNPRM.

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