Thursday
Dec032015

NEW VIDEO: Big Old Broadband Locking Up Customers, Locking Out Competition

The Broadband Coalition Brings Back Animated BOB to Help Explain FCC Lock Up Investigation into Terms and Conditions that Harm Deployment 

WASHINGTON DC (December 3, 2015) – BOB is back. That’s bad news for business customers and broadband competition. In a new animated video released today by The Broadband Coalition -- a collection of competitive broadband providers -- BOB (Big Old Broadband) returns to torment customers seeking more choice and lower prices for broadband service. 

To watch the new video, BOB Part 2: The Lock Up, CLICK HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED6t-wDB5Xw

 

In BOB Part 2: The Lock Up business customers are still forced to take the meatloaf of broadband, and further punished by volume commitments and harmful terms and conditions that prevent them from leaving – even when new competition comes to town. 

In October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched an investigation into “lock-up” provisions that are preventing customers from switching broadband providers and delaying the deployment of new, advanced networks.

Several of the Broadband Coalition members –including Level 3, XO Communications and Windstream -- sent letters to the FCC calling for action on lock-up provisions to help encourage competition in the special access marketplace.

“Customers want more choices and better prices for broadband service, but Big Old Broadband is locking customers in and locking competition out,” said Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition. “Our BOB videos show how outrageous terms and conditions are designed to preserve monopoly-era market power. When all the customers in town are locked into buying old Bell products, there is less incentive for new network builders. Consumer choice, freedom and innovation power a robust broadband marketplace that will bring faster speeds and lower prices. We encourage the FCC to end the Bell lock-up and help speed the transition to new advanced networks.” 

The new BOB video is a follow up to this summers animated hit which helped drive over 10,000 petition signers to the More Choice, More Competition petition on Change.Org.

To watch BOB Part ONE, click here.

 

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 Customers 4 Competition: http://customers4competition.com

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

Wednesday
Oct282015

Broadband Coalition Urges Rosenworcel Confirmation

Washington DC (October 28, 2015) – The United States Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the appointment of Jessica Rosenworcel to a new five-year term on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ms. Rosenworcel has served as a commissioner on the FCC since 2013.

The Broadband Coalition, a collection of broadband providers united to promote competition and innovation policy, urged the Senate to confirm Commissioner Rosenworcel to a new term.

The following statement can be attributed to Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition:

“Jessica Rosenworcel has proven to be a tireless advocate for access, education, and competition.

“Priorities drive policy, and Commissioner Rosenworcel’s commitment to our schools and our children have placed important issues such as bridging the homework gap on the national agenda.

“As a champion of competition, Commissioner Rosenworcel has demonstrated her commitment to new networks and more choices for all Americans seeking greater access to broadband. Most recently, during the Tech Transitions Order, she helped unite the FCC around a set of core principles that guided the debate.

“We congratulate Commissioner Rosenworcel on her nomination and encourage the U.S. Senate to move swiftly to confirm her so that she can continue her important work on polices that encourage broadband competition, affordability and access for all Americans.”

Friday
Oct162015

Broadband Coalition: Bell ‘Lock Ups’ Lock Out Competition

Washington DC (October 16, 2015) – Today the Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry into ‘lock up plans’ used by large incumbent Bell providers, like AT&T and Verizon, in the market for broadband lines used by small and medium-sized business, schools, libraries, health and government offices.

 

Last month, several of the Broadband Coalition members –including Level 3XO Communications and Windstream -- sent letters to the FCC calling for action on lock up plans to encourage competition in the special access marketplace.

 

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

 

“Broadband lock up plans are locking out competition. The large incumbent tactic of locking business customers into multi-year plans with extremely high volume commitments is bad for competition and terrible for the tech transitions.  Schools, libraries and government customers are also locked into the Bell’s deal of last century.

 

“Consumers and business customers are demanding more broadband choices. They want the freedom to choose their own service provider. But in markets controlled by large incumbent providers who charge monopoly-era rents, archaic lock up tactics in the terms and conditions to which their customers are subject are hurting competitors who want to bring new affordable options to the marketplace.

 

“These lock up contracts have exclusionary volume terms and conditions that force wholesale business customers to use up to 90 percent of their services each month or face steep penalties. Just imagine the consumer outrage if you were charged more each month for not using all your cell minutes.

 

“Competition is driving other markets forward, but the large incumbents lock up actions prove they are steering the business broadband market backward. It’s time for the FCC to step in and end these anti-competitive tricks and speed the transitions to advanced broadband networks. We commend Chairman Wheeler for his commitment to addressing anti-competitive lock up provisions.”

 

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The Broadband Coalition had led the effort to encourage competition in the tech transitions. Over ten thousand people have signed the #StopBOB (Big Old Broadband) petition, and hundreds of business customers have written the FCC as part of their Customers 4 Competition campaign.

 

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 Customers 4 Competition: http://customers4competition.com

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

Thursday
Sep172015

Customers Win with FCC Competition Data

WASHINGTON DC (Thursday September 17, 2015) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the availability and process for reviewing for data collected in the special access proceeding. The FCC also announced a third party independent review of the data. 

From the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-takes-major-step-review-40-billion-special-access-market

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

“Special access data is competition data. Chairman Tom Wheeler and this FCC have shown their willingness to break down every barrier to competition, and the special access data will be an important arrow in their quiver.

“Business customers are desperate for the freedom to choose their own broadband provider. They want better customer service and affordable options in the marketplace.

“The availability of special access data, including an independent review, should allow for data-driven competition solutions that benefit business customers.”


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 Customers 4 Competition: http://customers4competition.com

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

Wednesday
Sep162015

Comcast Business Move Validates Need for Competitive Access Reform

WASHINGTON DC (Wed Sept 16, 2015) – This morning the Wall Street Journal reported that Comcast was seeking to provide business and data services to customers outside their footprint.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/comcast-to-sell-data-services-to-big-firms-nationwide-1442376240?mod=rss_Technology

In response, Jeff Sharp a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition – a collection of the nation’s leading competitive Internet and data providers - released the following statement:

“Comcast’s announcement today validates what the members of the Broadband Coalition have been saying all along—it is simply uneconomic to build out infrastructure to serve the location of every business across the country.  Wholesale access is a bridge to connecting customers to competition.

"We invite them to join our efforts to end the onerous terms and conditions imposed by AT&T and Verizon to help expedite more broadband competition across America.  Reforming these anti-competitive practices will help all competitors and customers alike—even a company the size of Comcast.”

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