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Business Data Services

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...
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: 11.09.2016
On November 7, 2016, Jonathan Banks and the undersigned of USTelecom met separately with Claude Aiken, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn, and Travis Litman, Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rosenworcel. We discussed certain aspects of Chairman Wheeler’s recent proposals for regulating the business data services (BDS) marketplace....
Date: 11.04.2016
USTelecom urges the Federal Communications Commission to reject demands to force a mandatory “wholesale” discount structure on the business data services (BDS) marketplace, a discount that only competing carriers and Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) providers would enjoy, according to a recent filing. Mandating a special...
Date: 11.04.2016
The Commission should reject demands to force a mandatory “wholesale” discount structure on the business data services (“BDS”) marketplace. Under the volume and term-based discount structure that has evolved under Commission supervision, competing carriers already had 51% of the market in 2013. Grafting a new “...
Date: 11.03.2016
USTelecom and several other parties have made the case that there is robust competition in the business data services (BDS) marketplace.1 This is especially true for Ethernet services.2 Recent statements by BT Americas submitted in another FCC proceeding confirm the availability of competitively-priced, low-bandwidth Ethernet services: “XO...
Date: 10.07.2016
For nearly a decade, certain parties advocating for expanded regulation of Business Data Services (BDS) have repeated a statistic stating that BDS-provided backhaul used in Sprint’s wireless network accounts for approximately one-third of the “cost of operating of a cell site.” The Commission itself has cited this figure. The...
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: 10.06.2016
As the Commission gets closer to adopting an order to establish a new framework for regulating business data services (BDS), we seek to ensure that all relevant data is in the record, and that the Commission is aware of and carefully considers all the likely outcomes should it increase regulatory burdens for BDS providers. In particular, given the...

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