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Posted In: broadband deployment, broadband investment, business broadband, CLEC, FCC, ILECs, industry news, infrastructure
USTelecom’s seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but our initial analysis strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Data compiled from internet service...
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...
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...
WC 13-3 et al: USTelecom Opposition to Declaratory Ruling that ILECs are Non-Dominant in the Provision of Switched Access Services
Posted In: ILECs
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...
Posted In: BDS, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, ILECs, infrastructure, regulatory reform, special access
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...
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...
Posted In: BDS, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, ILECs, special access, Tech Transition, USTelecom letter
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...
Posted In: BDS, broadband deployment, business broadband, Business Data Services, cable, CLEC, competition, FCC, ILECs, technology, USTelecom comments
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...
WC 16-143, 15-247, 05-25 & RM-10593 et al: USTelecom Comments in Support of CenturyLink et al.'s Motion to Strike
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...