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Date: 08.12.2016
On August 8, 2016, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Brogan, and Diane Griffin Holland of USTelecom met with Pamela Arluk (by telephone), Irina Asoskov, William Kehoe, William Layton, Joseph Price, and Eric Ralph of the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss the findings of our survey of small and medium-sized business customers with 5-100 employees to...
Date: 08.09.2016
On Monday, August 8, 2016, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Brogan, and the undersigned of the USTelecom Association met with Pamela Arluk (by telephone), Irina Asoskov, William Kehoe, William Layton, Joseph Price, and Eric Ralph of the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss the findings of our survey of small and medium-sized business customers and their...
Date: 07.29.2016
We write in response to an ex parte letter filed July 25, 2016, by Granite Telecommunications summarizing a meeting of Granite and INCOMPAS with staff from the Wireline Competition Bureau on July 21, 2016. During that meeting, Granite explained concerns with the linking of the “reasonably comparable wholesale access requirement for wholesale...
Date: 06.28.2016
The 2013 data collection paints an encouraging picture of the state of BDS competition. Competition is strong in virtually every census block with BDS demand, and providers who are not competing in certain markets have facilities that are close enough to compete if they so choose. But there is another part of the story - what has transpired since...
Date: 06.23.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) supports the motion filed by CenturyLink, Inc., AT&T, Inc., Frontier Communications Corporation, FairPoint Communications, Inc., Consolidated Communications, and Cincinnati Bell Inc. (collectively Movants) asking the Commission to (1) strike the Rysman Paper and other studies filed in this...
Date: 05.23.2016
By now, we all have heard Chairman Wheeler’s oft-repeated mantra of “competition, competition, competition” when talking about the commission’s charge. We all agree that real competition is good, especially for consumers. The good news is that the Business Data Services (BDS) Further Notice moves the special access ball...
Date: 05.16.2016
The numerous options for voice communications gives consumers many alternatives to the once-ubiquitous landline phone, which is now used as the sole phone service option by less than10 percent of the country. Yet despite this changed technology landscape, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been slow to lift regulations on companies...
Posted In: ILECs
Date: 04.28.2016
USTelecom has asked the Commission to determine that ILECs are no longer subject to dominant carrier regulation in the provision of switched access voice services. As the Commission evaluates the record in this proceeding, we note that competitive alternatives to these services continue to enter the marketplace. Comments in the record already...
Date: 04.28.2016
Competition to serve businesses that need specialized connections for data and the Internet–what the FCC calls Business Data Services (BDS) - is strong pretty much everywhere those businesses choose to locate. A variety of companies have been competing for these customers for decades and relatively new entrants like cable companies have...
Posted In: ILECs
Date: 04.01.2016
As a follow-up to our March 17 ex parte meeting, USTelecom submits additional information into the record of the above-referenced proceeding to further explain the bases for our request that ILECs no longer be subject to dominant carrier regulation in the provision of switched access voice services. The Commission’s rules define a dominant...

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