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Date: 06.22.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to open a Notice of Inquiry into how to promote greater consumer choice and more broadband options in multiple tenant environments such as apartment complexes or shopping malls. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Closing the digital divide...
Date: 11.10.2016
USTelecom strongly urges the Federal Communications Commission to reject policies that would encourage resale of business data services, rather than taking a forward-looking approach to encouraging competition and investment in an already-diverse marketplace. “Backward-looking regulations that encourage resale by making it cheaper will only...
Date: 10.07.2016
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a fact sheet outlining a draft order for regulating the business data services market. The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Chairman Wheeler’s draft order appropriately recognizes that companies are investing...
Date: 10.05.2016
Mandated price cuts in the business data services market will do “serious damage” to the financial underpinnings of both competitive and facilities-based providers, with the latter taking the greatest hit, according to a new paper by analyst Anna-Maria Kovacs, visiting scholar with the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy....
Date: 09.29.2016
On-demand video services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu have been disrupting the TV viewing marketplace, making it easy for younger consumers to “cut the cord,” but pay-TV providers are increasingly trying to offer services to get them as subscribers. So-called “skinny bundles,” slimmed down packages of sports, news or...
Date: 09.16.2016
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on the brink of deciding whether – and how – to regulate prices in the special access, or business data services (BDS), market. The commission took up this matter after years of complaints from competitors that incumbent providers’ prices for these services are just too high. ...
Date: 08.09.2016
The Commission recognized decades ago, in an era when providing voice service was a legal monopoly, that competition for business customers was possible given the concentration of demand and substantial revenue opportunities compared to the residential market.  That competition has grown steadily under Commission policies that were put in...
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: 06.28.2016
Background: Today, USTelecom will file comments in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) business data services proceeding revealing new survey data showing business customers benefit from much broader competition than the commission has characterized. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “...
Date: 06.24.2016
Background: Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new actions to remove outdated legacy obligations on traditional phone providers. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to remove some outdated regulations on landline telephone...

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