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Business Data Services

Date: 08.28.2018
Background: Today the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the vast majority of the FCC’s decision easing regulation of business data services of internet service providers.  The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom: “Today’s court decision is a win for...
Date: 04.17.2018
Background: The FCC today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment about enabling model-based rate-of-return carriers to elect incentive regulation for their lower-speed business data services offerings, and emoving ex ante pricing regulation for packet-based and higher-speed circuit-based offerings. The following...
Date: 05.25.2017
Today, ITTA and USTelecom, national associations representing rural communications service providers, filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to better promote competition by modernizing the regulations that apply to the offering of business data services (BDS) in rural areas. The legacy BDS regulations that...
Date: 04.20.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an order that recognizes the Business Data Services market for high-speed broadband has become increasingly competitive and eliminates tariffing and other legacy pricing regulations in areas deemed to have sufficient competition. This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO...
Date: 04.19.2017
In 1934, Congress decided tariffs were necessary to protect consumers from unreasonable and discriminatory prices because there was virtually no phone service competition to keep providers from charging whatever they wanted. As markets have become more competitive, there’s less need for tariffs to counter possible anticompetitive behavior....
Date: 04.18.2017
  Getting mired in the weeds of important (but sometimes mind-numbing) details of FCC proceedings can distract from the big picture goal we all share: making sure broadband is available to all businesses and consumers throughout the nation. Accomplishing this will take a continuing commitment from providers that have already invested...
Date: 04.13.2017
On April 11, 2017, Jonathan Spalter (by telephone), Jon Banks and I of USTelecom met with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and her Wireline Legal Advisor Claude Aiken to discuss the draft Order in the above-referenced proceedings. USTelecom expressed support for the Commission’s efforts to advance this long-pending proceeding by adopting...
Date: 04.12.2017
On April 10, 2017, Jonathan Spalter, Diane Holland and I met with Chairman Pai and his advisor Jay Schwarz to discuss business data services. The proposed Order, if put into place, will drive additional investment in building more fiber connections to more businesses, increasing competition, and expanding and strengthening the fiber networks that...
Date: 11.16.2016
    Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission announced it would not move forward with a vote to regulate business data services. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “We appreciate Chairman Wheeler’s decision to abide by requests from Congress not to move forward...
Date: 11.14.2016
On November 10, 2016, Diane Holland and the undersigned of USTelecom met with Stephanie Weiner and Lisa Hone, Senior Legal Advisor and Legal Advisor, respectively, to Chairman Wheeler; Howard Symons, FCC General Counsel; and Matt DelNero, Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. We discussed the possibility that the BDS Order described in the...

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