July 15, 2016
The Free State Foundation
By Randolph J. May and Seth L. Cooper Opinions
Critical investment in next-generation broadband technologies is now threatened by new rate controls on special access services proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. “Business data services” (BDS) has replaced “special access” as the Commission’s new term for the broad class of advanced services targeted by its rate regulation proposal.
investinbbandThe FCC’s Special Access Proposal Is Infected with Special Pleading
June 30, 2016
AT&T Public Policy Blog
By AT&T Blog Team Opinions
As comments in the special access proceeding (oops, I mean Business Data Services proceeding) roll in, I thought I would put together a few sentences which accurately capture AT&T’s views on this proceeding:
investinbbandVerizon Yesterday Versus Today: New Wires, Old Rules?
June 27, 2016
By Steve Morris Opinions
During a speech at the National Press Club last week, FCC Chairman Wheeler laid out a roadmap for how the U.S. can be the global leader in the next generation of wireless technology, 5G. The speech highlighted several steps the Commission intends to take over the coming months to pave the way for this new era of connectivity.
investinbbandIs the FCC About to Put 5G Deployment in the Slow Lane?
June 22, 2016
AT&T Public Policy Blog
By Frank Simone Opinions
I’m often struck by the doublespeak that takes place in DC and, particularly, at the FCC when companies come to the agency to argue that the Commission should regulate their competitors. The Special Access proceeding at the Commission is one of those special dockets that is a real breeding ground for what I like to call “both sides of our mouth” (BSOM) advocacy. Whether it’s Verizon calling to regulate its cable competitors, BT arguing for lower special access rates than it charges its competitors in England, or Sprint-progeny Windstream arguing to re-regulate everyone’s retail rates but their own, this proceeding is a showcase for that special brand of BSOM advocacy.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to designate spectrum for 5G this summer, a step that will help establish America’s global leadership in next generation technologies. Meeting the 5G challenge will require building new fiber connections to thousands of 5G sites. Similarly, American businesses across the country need more fiber connections. To meet these challenges we will need FCC policies that incent companies to invest billions of dollars in the newest and fastest technologies, particularly fiber optic connections. To get to the right policies, the commission should pay particular attention to past strategies – both those that have worked and those that didn’t.
investinbbandBuilding the Road to Fiber and 5G – Choosing the Right Policy Matters