CenturyLink says the FCC’s new business data services (BDS) proposal could mean crippling rate cuts while ignoring evidence of competition.
The company accused the FCC of a flawed and dangerous approach that lacked transparency.
The FCC last Thursday (Oct. 27) scheduled a vote for the November 17 public meeting on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s BDS revamp.
The chairman is proposing what is billed as a tech-neutral approach to regulating business broadband – credit card transactions and ATM connections, for example – regulating it wherever the FCC finds markets are not competitive, maintaining price caps on incumbent/independent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and regulating new competitive local exchange carriers (CLECS), including cable broadband providers on a case-by-case basis. Initially the proposal was to impose ex ante (before the fact) price regulation on incumbents according to a geographic approach, but that was changed to the case-by-case model.