Excerpt from a letter sent by Governor Tom Wolf (PA) to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:
I write to you today concerning the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CFNPR) regarding business data services (BDS). These services allow retailers, banks, schools, hospitals and small businesses to transmit large amounts of data quickly, enabling the flow of commerce and enhancing the connectivity we all increasingly rely on.
Business data services also provides the physical link between the nation’s wired communications infrastructure and the wireless network. Given the importance of this connection to the development and expansion of broadband networks, particularly in rural areas, it is important that the new framework which the Commission establishes for compensation for these services not inhibit continued investment in infrastructure.
As a former business owner, I believe that robust competition is critical to ensuring the efficient allocation of resources and protection of consumers, and I applaud the Commission’s work to address market failures where they truly exist.