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CenturyLink: FCC Rate Cuts Could Be Crippling

Multichannel News By John Eggerton

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.

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CenturyLink’s Latest BDS Complaint: Unrealistic Pricing Deadlines

FierceTelecom By Sean Buckley

CenturyLink says that if the FCC’s proposed business data services (BDS) proposal goes into effect, it and other wireline telcos will need more time to realign back office operations to support the new changes.

At issue is a call made by CLECs urging the FCC to put its proposed new pricing structure into effect in January 2017.

That’s not enough time, the incumbent telco said. In order to prepare for this change, CenturyLink said it will have to “update and reconfigure systems used for pre-order, order, provisioning, billing, compliance and reporting” while existing tariffs would have to be modified and rewritten.

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FCC’s New BDS Proposal Discourages Investment in Modern Infrastructure

Morning Consult By Anna-Maria Kovacs

On October 7th, the Federal Communications Commission issued a summary of Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed business data services (BDS) order. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this fact sheet is its admission that ex ante rate regulation is harmful to investment. Despite this understanding of the potential consequences, the proposed order would drain free cash flow from broadband providers – primarily incumbents, but also some of their facilities-based competitors.

The summary explains that “to promote continued investment in packet-based BDS, no price caps, benchmarking, or other forms of ex ante pricing regulation will apply.”

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Senate Democrats Warn FCC Its BDS Actions Could Harm Rural Telecom Providers

Communications Daily By David Kaut

Five Senate Democrats voiced concern that FCC business data service proposals “could have an outsized negative impact” on rural telecom providers in their states. The Commission “must take care in how it may affect rural areas to make sure it does not deter investments or hinder serviceability,” said the letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler from Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

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Democratic Senators Push Back on FCC Bulk Data Proposal

Morning Consult By Brendan Bordelon

Five Democratic senators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, pushing back against the FCC’s proposal to regulate the $40 billion market for the bulk data connections powering ATMs, retail transactions and cell phone towers.

The senators worried that the new rules would hinder investment and serviceability of broadband infrastructure in rural areas, a complaint also lobbed by AT&T Inc., a critic of the rule.

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