Excerpt from a letter sent by Representative Gene Green (TX) and Representative Bill Flores (TX) to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:
We are writing in regards to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) on business data services (BDS) issued by the Federal Communications Commission on May 2.
Few things are as important in today’s economy as supporting ongoing investment in high speed data infrastructure. Business broadband is a key component for our nation’s economy and the source of tens of thousands of well-paying, middle class jobs around the country. Many services American consumers rely on daily, from connections to smart phones, to financial access at retailers and Automated Teller Machines, or to computer connections in the workplace, are built on top of BDS infrastructure. We are concerned that the Commission’s proposed rulemaking will slow the rate of investment in BDS and harm the services that rely on this critical infrastructure and we urge the FCC adopt final rules that will not reduce investment or deter growing competition in BDS.
Today, billions of dollars are being invested in BDS from a larger number of providers than ever before. Cable providers, competitive exchange carriers, wireless backhaul providers and other new entrants are increasing competition in business broadband services, giving small and large businesses greater options for their BDS needs. As the FCC finalizes its rulemaking, it is important that Commission consider all available data, including data provided by major cable operators. A failure to recognize the extent of competition, will likely result in regulations that will deter incumbent, recent, and future providers from investing in BDS, harming providers and consumers alike.