Proposal would have crippled broadband expansion to rural areas, hampered job growth
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would not vote on a proposal to drastically increase rate regulation on business data services (BDS) providers. A group of network infrastructure providers is calling on the new administration to enact policies that benefit both businesses and consumers, especially in rural areas.
“The FCC did the right thing by not pushing this proposal through before the next administration takes office,” said Kathleen Abernathy, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Frontier Communications. “Any proposed increased regulation of the competitive BDS market could have huge impacts on broadband investment and, as a result, on economic growth and jobs all across the country.”
investinbbandThe FCC Did the Right Thing by Pulling BDS Order
Economic report and letter from CenturyLink locate flaws in FCC proposal
(WASHINGTON, DC) – In a scathing review of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) latest proposal for new regulation of business data services (BDS), communications provider CenturyLink says the proposal “suggests an intent to ignore” information in the record that demonstrates competition in the market.
In the new filing with the FCC, CenturyLink said the “record clearly establishes the presence of strong BDS competition” and the Commission “not only ignores this evidence, but declines to conduct any analysis of the BDS geographic market at all.”
Despite the FCC’s assurance to members of Congress in September that all available information – including unprecedented market tests performed over several years and with the use of significant resources – would be considered, the proposal reflects the Commission’s intent to ignore the information on the record of competition in the marketplace.
investinbbandCenturyLink Files Letter with FCC Detailing Dangers of Proposed BDS Order
Current proposal risks the expansion of high-speed broadband networks
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Democratic officials from across the country are cautioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that a failure to recognize markets where new competitors have begun offering business data services (BDS) risks the expansion of high-speed broadband networks, particularly in rural markets.
Similarly, FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler’s recently circulated proposal to regulate BDS has been criticized by business broadband providers for ignoring facts entered into the record that demonstrate significant competition in individual markets, despite the statements Wheeler made in testimony before Congress to take all available data on competition into consideration.
investinbbandDemocrats Press the FCC to Recognize New Competitors in BDS Rulemaking
Members urge the FCC to carefully measure existing competition in the market; warn of dangers to economic development, job creation in rulemaking
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are voicing concerns about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed regulation of the business data services (BDS) market and its possible impact on consumers and small businesses.
In a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, sixteen CBC members urged the FCC commissioners to use “all available data to recognize and support competition where it has developed, especially as additional providers have entered the market in recent years.
investinbbandCongressional Black Caucus Members Weigh in on Business Data Services Regulation
Company makes contradictory statements on competition in separate filings to FCC
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Verizon, Inc., which has proposed expanding price caps on business data services (BDS) because of a supposed lack of competition in this market, is engaging in doubletalk on the issue, as evidenced by a filing it made in another case, according to a letter from CenturyLink to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In support of its proposed acquisition of XO Communications, Verizon recently submitted a white paper in which it stated that even after the acquisition is completed, “there will continue to be extensive competition for [BDS] provided over fiber, cable, and copper by a wide range of providers.”
investinbbandCenturyLink Slams Verizon for Doubletalk on BDS Market