Broadband Coalition Statement on AT&T Trial Announcement
Washington DC (February 28, 2014) – AT&T has filed their long awaited proposal for an IP (internet protocol) trial with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Today the telecom giant announced technology their trials will take place in West Delray Beach, Florida and Carbon Hill, Alabama.
In January, the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler voted to allow any telecom provider to move forward with experiments on IP evolution, stressing the need to preserve the enduring values of the network compact, including competition, consumer protection, public safety and universal service.
In response, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for The Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:
“Phone giant AT&T has announced an IP trial, but Chairman Wheeler and the FCC have made it clear that the IP trials are not all about AT&T. The FCC has stressed competition should be a critical value in these trials.
“For years, competitive broadband providers have been aggressively leading the way in deploying IP networks. We support the FCC’s core values of competition, connection, safety and consumer protection. Unlike AT&T’s proposed trial, we believe the IP experiments must be done not just where they are easy, but where they are hard.
“For competition and innovation to continue driving job growth, IP networks must interconnect and the special needs of the business market, the wholesale market and the government market must be addressed.”