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Date: 09.21.2016
On September 20, 2016, Diane Holland of the USTelecom Association, with Mark Israel and Glenn Woroch (by telephone) of Compass Lexecon, met with Paul de Sa and Katja Seim of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning & Policy to discuss the analyses of data collected in the above-referenced proceedings. Mr. Israel summarized information...
Date: 09.09.2016
The Commission’s business data services (BDS) data show with relative clarity where competitors are and how far their competitive influence on pricing extends. We have built a test based on that evidence. The test proposes that the FCC step back from dictating prices for BDS services wherever two competitors exert competitive discipline over...
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Date: 09.07.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) opposes the petition filed by the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee (Ad Hoc) seeking reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Declaratory Ruling in the above-referenced docket. Ad Hoc seeks reconsideration of the ruling that incumbent local...
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...

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