Washington DC (July 10, 2015) – This morning, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC will take up a technology transition order during the August 6th meeting.
The FCC has recognized – and competitors agree – that there are multiple technology transitions taking place in the communications industry; it has been examining all such transitions. The Broadband Coalition -- a collection of leading competitive providers -- has helped lead a multi-year effort to protect and preserve competition policy during and after the transitions. Efforts include:
- · Opposition to AT&T tech transition rate hike attempts
- · The launch of Customers4Competition, a year-long effort to highlight business customer testimonials
- · The More Choice, More Competition petition to #StopBOB (Big Old Broadband)
In response to the FCC announcement, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition released the following statement:
“The technology transition is not just about legacy copper, it’s about preserving the legacy of competition. The FCC Chairman’s announcement today recognizes the important role competitive broadband providers have in providing business customers and institutions -- including schools, libraries, health care facilities and government offices -- with innovation, more choices, and lower prices.”
“For nearly two decades competitive providers have moved the communications marketplace into the future. They have deployed new networks and new technologies including VOIP, Ethernet and Cloud technologies that have disrupted a long stagnant marketplace.
“With the ability to connect business customers, large and small, over multiple locations and different types of broadband lines, competitors’ new network innovations have helped all sectors of the economy grow.
“We applaud Chairman Wheeler’s leadership, and commend the entire FCC for its commitment to making competition a core network value of the tech transition.”
About the Broadband Coalition:
The Broadband Coalition: Competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks.
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