The market for Business Data Services (BDS), or high-volume broadband lines used by companies and organizations, is far more competitive than supporters of the FCC’s efforts to impose new rate regulations continue to insist (link is external). USTelecom recently surveyed nearly 800 small and medium sized businesses and found that roughly 75 percent of them had changed providers within the last five years.
Why the discrepancy? The BDS market has changed dramatically over the past few years. Rate-regulation proponents don’t like to admit it, but many companies now have far more choices in broadband providers because of cable operators, who have upgraded their networks to offer similar speeds and volume.