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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: 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: 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: 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...
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
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: 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: 08.09.2016
The market for Business Data Services (BDS), or high-volume broadband lines used by companies and organizations, is far more competitive than supporters of the FCC’s efforts to impose new rate regulations continue to insist. USTelecom recently surveyed nearly 800 small and medium sized businesses and found that roughly 75 percent of them had...
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...

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