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CenturyLink, Frontier Criticize Latest Incompas-Verizon BDS Rate Proposal, Saying It’s Flawed

FierceTelecom By Sean Buckley

CenturyLink and other independent telcos, including Frontier, Consolidated and FairPoint are not wasting time taking aim at the latest business data services (BDS) proposal made by Incompas and Verizon, calling it another flawed effort that merely reflects changes in Verizon’s business structure.

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Regulating Prices for Business Data Services Will Widen Network Gap Between Urban and Rural America

Forbes By Congressman Rick Boucher

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to foist new rate regulations on the “business data services” (BDS) market, the dedicated broadband links that provide Internet access to businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, the proposal has many shortcomings, and it would impose – for the first time – regulations on new fiber infrastructure in an expanding and well-working market that is attracting new service providers as competitors…but its most detrimental effects would be in rural America.

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New Survey Finds the FCC’s Data on Business Broadband Competition Does Not Reflect Current Market Conditions

USTelecom By USTelecom Media

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.

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How Cable Means Business About Business

LightReading By Mark Chinn

Over the last ten years, commercial services (a.k.a. business services) have grown to fill a critical revenue growth need for cable operators. We will be taking a closer look at multiple system operator (MSO) performance and opportunities in commercial services in this four-part series over the next few days. In the first part today, we’ll look at what’s happened since the early 2000s, when many operators organized formal commercial services teams. Since then, subscriber growth and small business demand have fueled double-digit revenue growth.

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NCTA, Others Seek More Time for BDS Comment

Broadcasting & Cable By John Eggerton

Cable and telco ISPs have joined to ask the FCC for more time to respond to the commission’s proposal to remake the regulatory framework for business data (formerly “special access”) services.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, USTelecom, and ITTA – The Voice of Mid-Size Communications Companies joined in the motion to extend the July 26 reply comment deadline by three weeks.

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