Excerpt from a letter sent by Governor Jack A. Markell (DE) to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:
Thank you for your efforts to try to improve wireless and wireline broadband access throughout the country. I write to you today in regards to the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CFNPR) on business data services (BDS). I wanted to emphasize that as this process develops a new regulatory framework for BDS, it is important to utilize accurate and comprehensive data regarding pricing and availability of broadband within a given geographic area to inform the rulemaking process and ensure that private investment in broadband infrastructure remains strong.
By utilizing appropriate data, the commission would be ensuring it is properly measuring the level of competition for BDS within individual markets. The goal of limiting monopolistic practices is an important one, but it must be coupled with a smart strategy to properly identify when such conditions exist, and to encourage significant levels of additional investment in broadband technologies. To fail to do so risks a solution that is counterproductive to our shared mission of increased broadband access for our citizens.
It is my belief that the best decisions can only be made when a wide range of quality data is used to inform the process under which the decision is made. I urge you to use any and all of the most accurate data being made available to you.