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Verizon-INCOMPAS Special Access Proposal Would Cripple Investment in Broadband

The proposal is an attempt to hijack the FCC’s effort to increase competition, says coalition of carriers

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must reject an alternative proposal for regulation of special access services offered by Verizon and INCOMPAS that would deliver a crippling blow to investment, according to a coalition of carriers in the business broadband market.

In comments filed Tuesday with the FCC, network infrastructure providers, including CenturyLink, Inc., Frontier Communications Corporation, FairPoint Communications, Inc., and Consolidated Communications, demonstrate that the Verizon-INCOMPAS proposal neither attempts to reach a reasonable solution between parties, nor works within the framework of the Commission’s process in reviewing regulation.

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Report Says FCC’s Business Broadband Proposal Would Discourage Fiber Network Investments

Rural communities would suffer most by an estimated $1.4 billion eliminated from potential investment

(WASHINGTON, DC) – A new report released today by a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) senior economist highlights the significant harm that an FCC proposal could do to future broadband investment – particularly in rural communities – with new price cap regulations.

The report details that the FCC has proposed potentially drastic rate cuts on incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) that provide business broadband services. While the FCC says that the price cap regulation would adjust provider rates to account for rural markets that the FCC perceives to be noncompetitive, new research shows that the FCC’s market data fails to accurately represent the market as it currently stands. As the FCC moves forward without updated research on the areas deemed noncompetitive, the Commission leaves the impending local and national effects that the regulation would cause unexplored.

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Rural Senators Express Concerns About FCC’s Business Broadband Proposal

Tester, others caution about impact on rural communities

(WASHINGTON, DC) – A group of nine U.S. senators from rural states today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use the most up-to-date data in its analysis of competition in the business broadband market, noting that new regulation will only serve the public interest if the commission relies on the most accurate information.

“As you work toward a final rule, it is especially important for rural states like ours that the Commission use all the available data, including the data submitted earlier this year by the major cable operators, to both measure competitive markets accurately and ensure that the regulations for noncompetitive markets are based on the real cost to provide service,” the group of senators, led by Jon Tester, D-Mont., wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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Telecom Carriers Call for Peer Review of FCC’s Business Broadband Report

Carriers warn of “shortcuts toward a pre-determined outcome”

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must, under federal statutes, submit for peer review a revised assessment of competition in the business data services (BDS) marketplace, according to six U.S. telecom carriers who last month filed a Motion to Strike an earlier version of the same report.

The revised report “raises significant new concerns,” the carriers say in a new filing with the FCC. The agency’s actions “reflect a desire to find shortcuts toward a pre-determined outcome rather than a neutral commitment to evaluate” competition in the BDS market, the filing says.

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Carriers Announce New Coalition to Preserve Investment, Competition in Broadband Market

“Invest in Broadband for America” will push for the FCC to reconsider business broadband proposal

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Five U.S. network infrastructure providers today announced they were combining their efforts to preserve critical network infrastructure and competition in the business broadband market.

The companies, who together operate data and fiber transport networks in all 50 states, provide dedicated connections, or “special access,” to competitors who need to reach fiber networks to market competing telecom services. Substantial and ongoing investments in these services are what connect businesses, homes, cell towers for wireless traffic and data services for millions of users. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently proposed sweeping and questionable new regulations on the special access market and incumbent providers.

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