News

Broadband Coalition Hails BDS Revamp No-Vote

Broadcasting & Cable By John Eggerton

Some telecom providers are asking the Trump Administration to pivot from FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal on re-regulating incumbent and competitive business data service (BDS) providers.

BDS (formerly “special access”) is business, rather than customer-facing, broadband data services and includes credit card readers, ATMs and wireless backhaul.

Wheeler pulled a vote on that proposal from the Nov. 17 meeting and is not expected to get traction anytime soon, but the Invest in Broadband for America coalition – CenturyLink, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications, FairPoint and Frontier Communications – wasn’t taking any chances.

investinbbandBroadband Coalition Hails BDS Revamp No-Vote
READ MORE

The FCC Did the Right Thing by Pulling BDS Order

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
READ MORE

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Letter to FCC

Excerpt from a letter sent by Senator John Thune, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman, to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:

Leadership of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon change. Congressional oversight of the execution of our nation’s communications policies will continue. Any action taken by the FCC following November 8, 2016, will receive particular scrutiny. I strongly urge the FCC to avoid directing its attention and resources in the coming months to complex, partisan, or otherwise controversial items that the new Congress and new Administration will have an interest in reviewing.

investinbbandU.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Letter to FCC
READ MORE

FCC’s Wheeler Gets Pushback on Continued Agenda Push

Broadcasting & Cable By John Eggerton

As the FCC prepares to vote on its business data services (BDS) revamp proposal, which has drawn pushback from Hill Republicans as well as cable ISPs, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is getting some pushback himself for not ramping down his regulatory agenda in the face of the recent election.

The chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who could be the chairman of the full committee after new assignments are voted on in the next couple of weeks, told Politico that the FCC needs to cool its jets. “The notion of instituting new rules and regulations, cramming stuff out the door, is unnecessary, unwanted and unfair – and needs to cease and desist,” Walden told the Hill news outlet.

investinbbandFCC’s Wheeler Gets Pushback on Continued Agenda Push
READ MORE

FCC’s Number One Priority Should Be Facilitating Transition

Forbes By Fred Campbell

President Obama has chosen the high road as he prepares for his departure from office. After meeting with president-elect Donald Trump, Obama said his “number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful,” noting that if Trump succeeds the U.S. will succeed. If only the outgoing chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, were so noble.

Rather than focus on a smooth transition, Wheeler intends to keep pushing his partisan agenda to futility and beyond. Two days after the election, Wheeler gave notice that later this week the FCC will vote on his controversial plan to impose heavy-handed price regulations on highly-competitive business data services. Neither of the Republican commissioners have supported this idea and there is no reason to believe they’ll vote in favor of it now.

investinbbandFCC’s Number One Priority Should Be Facilitating Transition
READ MORE