Broadband Coalition Hails BDS Revamp No-Vote

Broadcasting & Cable By John Eggerton

Some telecom providers are asking the Trump Administration to pivot from FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal on re-regulating incumbent and competitive business data service (BDS) providers.

BDS (formerly “special access”) is business, rather than customer-facing, broadband data services and includes credit card readers, ATMs and wireless backhaul.

Wheeler pulled a vote on that proposal from the Nov. 17 meeting and is not expected to get traction anytime soon, but the Invest in Broadband for America coalition – CenturyLink, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications, FairPoint and Frontier Communications – wasn’t taking any chances.

“The FCC did the right thing by not pushing this proposal through before the next administration takes office,” said Kathleen Abernathy, executive VP of external affairs for Frontier Communications and herself a former FCC commissioner. “Any proposed increased regulation of the competitive BDS market could have huge impacts on broadband investment and, as a result, on economic growth and jobs all across the country.”

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