Thursday
Aug062015

Praise for FCC: Tech Transitions Are the Future of Competition 

Washington DC (August 6, 2015) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to extend landmark competition policy to govern technology transitions to future networks.

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:

In response to the vote at the FCC, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:

“The IP revolution was created under competition policy, and now the future will be built on competition policy. The FCC’s forward looking tech transitions framework relies on market-based competition, and will enable new networks to open new markets for broadband customers.

 “The FCC’s vote 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 to 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 the FCC’s, and in particular Chairman Wheeler’s, leadership on this important issue. Its commitment to making competition a core network value during the tech transition will define a new era of opportunity and innovation.”

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About the Broadband Coalition:

The Broadband Coalition: Competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks. 

To learn more, please visit: http://thebroadbandcoalition.com

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

Tuesday
Aug042015

Broadband Coalition “Stop BOB” Petition Breaks Ten Thousand Signers

Social Campaign to #StopBOB (Big Old Broadband) on FCC Tech Transition Vote

Washington DC (August 4, 2015) – A petition calling on the FCC and Congress to support broadband competition has quickly reached ten thousand signers.  In advance of a critical competition vote at the FCC this week on tech transitions, the petition signers are urging action to encourage more choices and more competition for broadband service.

To see the Change.Org petition, and read hundreds of comments from signers, CLICK HERE.

The petition is anchored by the viral video #StopBOB (Big Old Broadband). In the video, BOB only serves the meatloaf of broadband, presenting a lack of choice that has his customers feeling trapped and frustrated. Broadband prices rise, no choice. Customer service falls, still no choice. That’s BOB’s world, and customers want out.

To Watch the Video, CLICK HERE.

http://thebroadbandcoalition.com/bigoldbroadband

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUQbdVXnD7c

This week, BOB will make stops around Washington DC, where competition advocates and business customers will plead with BOB to provide more choice, and less of the meatloaf of broadband. You can follow BOB’s journey on Twitter and on the Broadband Coalitions Instagram, which launched today.

The “More Choice, More Competition” petition and campaign is sponsored by the Broadband Coalition -- a collection of competitive broadband providers who are united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks.

“Customers want more choices and better prices for broadband service, both at home and at work,” said Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition. “Only having one or two broadband options results in a decline in customer service, higher prices and less investment. This week the FCC has the opportunity to enshrine competition policy for current and future networks during the tech transition. Efforts to encourage new network builders and more choices will unlock competitive providers’ fiber investments, helping reach more business, nonprofit, and government customers.”

Key Facts:

At higher broadband speeds, the type customers need for streaming Netflix or working from home:

-55 percent of American households have only ONE broadband connection.

-80 percent of American’s only have a choice of TWO broadband connections.*

In the business market: 70 percent of the wholesale access market – connecting competitive providers’ fiber networks to individual business, nonprofit, and government locations – is held by just three providers: AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink.**

*Source: FCC

**Source: ATLANTIC-ACM, U.S. Telecom Wired and Wireless Sizing and Share Report, September 2014 (estimating market share based on 2013 data). 

About the Broadband Coalition:

The Broadband Coalition is a collection of competitive broadband providers united to promote innovation, competition and connection for future networks. We are providing more choices and better prices for consumers and business customers.

Follow the Broadband Coalition: Twitter: @bbandcoalition / facebook/Instagram

 

CONTACT: Jeff Sharp, jeff@themanitou.co, 202 285 7040

 

 

 

Friday
Jul102015

Broadband Coalition Applauds Tech Transition Announcement

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:

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.”

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About the Broadband Coalition:

The Broadband Coalition: Competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks. 

To learn more, please visit: http://thebroadbandcoalition.com

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

Friday
Jun262015

Broadband Coalition Statement on Tom Wheeler Broadband Address at Brookings Inst. 

WASHINGTON DC (June 26, 2015) – Today, the Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler, discussed the future of broadband during an address before the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C.

In response, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:

“With competition entered into his GPS, we are pleased to hear that Chairman Wheeler has the pedal to the floor on a comprehensive broadband deployment and connection agenda.

“In the past week, more than 6,500 new voices have called on the FCC to take action in support of broadband competition. Today’s remarks by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in support of a robust effort to unleash competition are an indication that their message is being recognized.

“For too long, large incumbent providers have pumped the brakes on competition. If we are to move beyond the debates of the past, and unleash future networks and technology then we must protect and promote competition starting with action on the tech transitions docket and the long stalled competitive access proceeding.

“A caravan of consumers, business customers, schools, libraries and government entities need the FCC to remove roadblocks to competition.  Today’s remarks indicate that he has taken notice of their call for more choice and new networks.”

To learn more about the Broadband Coalitions new campaign to Stop BOB (Big Old Broadband), and demand more choice and more competition in broadband, please visit: http://thebroadbandcoalition.com/bigoldbroadband/

Monday
Jun152015

Want More Broadband Choice & Competition? Stop BOB

The Broadband Coalition Launches New Video, Ad Campaign to Encourage More Choice in the Broadband Marketplace

WASHINGTON DC (June 15, 2015) – Meet BOB (Big Old Broadband), the star of a new animated ad campaign launched today by the Broadband Coalition urging policy makers to support broadband competition policy. 

BOB only serves the meatloaf of broadband, a lack of choice that has his customers feeling trapped and frustrated. Broadband prices rise, no choice. Customer service falls, still no choice. That’s BOB’s world, and customers want out.

To Watch the Video, CLICK HERE.

http://thebroadbandcoalition.com/bigoldbroadband

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUQbdVXnD7c

“Customers want more choices and better prices for broadband service, both at home and at work,” said Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition. “Only having one or two broadband options results in a decline in customer service, higher prices and less investment. Competition is the cure, and our campaign to stop BOB is designed to foster more broadband choice." 

The broadband competition campaign to stop BOB and encourage more choice includes a petition drive directed at the FCC and Congress. This summer the FCC has the opportunity to enshrine competition policy for current and future networks during the tech transition. Efforts to encourage new network builders and more choices will unlock competitive providers’ fiber investments, helping reach more business, nonprofit, and government customers.

Key Facts:

At higher broadband speeds, the type customers need for streaming Netflix or working from home:

 

  • 55 percent of American households have only ONE broadband connection.
  • 80 percent of American’s only have a choice of TWO broadband connections.* 
  • In the business market: 70 percent of the wholesale access market – connecting competitive providers’ fiber networks to individual business, nonprofit, and government locations – is held by just three providers: AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink.**

 

*Source: FCC

**Source: ATLANTIC-ACM, U.S. Telecom Wired and Wireless Sizing and Share Report, September 2014 (estimating market share based on 2013 data).

Video Transcript:

 

BOB:
Welcome to Bob’s Big Old Broadband Cafeteria. What’ll ya have?
Customer One:
What’s the special? 
BOB:
We have the meatloaf, or the other meatloaf.
Customer One:
Oh. Can I just get a salad?
BOB:
No. You can get the meatloaf, or the other meatloaf.
Customer Two:
I’m not really a meatloaf guy. How about a sandwich? You have those, right?
BOB:
No. We have the meatloaf, or the other meatloaf. 
Customer Three:
I’m just not that hungry… can I get a half order?
Customer One:
Yeah, like a value-size portion…  
BOB:
I’m sorry but the meatloaf only comes in one size. 
Customer One:
Well... do you have any side dishes? 
BOB:
Yes. The other meatloaf. 
Customer Three:
But you must have other choices right? 
BOB:
Our customers have all the choice they need. 
Meatloaf… other meatloaf.
Customer Two:
Should we go someplace else?
Customer Three:
There IS no place else. 
Customers:
(all together)  (grumbling)
Meatloaf please. 
Title Card:
TELL THE FCC: MORE CHOICE. LESS MEATLOAF.
Back to Animation:
OLD WALL-MOUNT ROTARY PHONE RINGS and RINGS. 
BOB:
Have a seat, and we’ll deliver the meatloaf to your table between the window of 8am and 5pm.
Customers:
Sigh.