Excerpt from a letter sent by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Founder & President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:
On behalf of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, we urge the Commission to consider the unintended consequences of any final rulemaking affecting the “Business Data Services” (BDS) market. We respectfully request the Commission to consider its impact on American workers and small business, from whom the lifeblood of our
economy flows. As an organization committed to these entities, we have a very distinct interest in this matter.
While we laud the Commission’s efforts to improve upon the current BDS rate structure, we urge you to consider the impact on “competition” in the marketplace. The unintended consequences of any decision that results in a “race to the bottom” for wages and workers’ rights can ultimately harm communities, especially those located in rural areas. Competition should foster service and innovation, and not result in lower wages and living standards for workers.
As the Rainbow PUSH Coalition has acknowledged in other filings, there is an implicit correlation between current and future investments in the ubiquitous build out of broadband infrastructure and the livelihood of workers and the businesses in which they are employed. From building, maintaining and servicing wirelines to ensuring that our nation’s young people from urban and rural areas have access to the Internet in their schools and libraries, we feel strongly that the Commission’s actions in this proceeding must result in:
- A transparent and open process that includes all cable and telecommunications providers;
- Accessibility to valid and current data to properly assess where competition exists in all parts of the nation; and
- Appreciable and recognizable incentives for continued broadband network investment that lead to more livable wage jobs.