Broadband Coalition Applauds NARUC Resolution in Support of Residential and Business Competition
WASHINGTON DC (February 18, 2015) – State regulatory government leaders are standing up for competition and choice in broadband service for consumers and businesses. In a vote today at their winter meeting, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) passed a resolution in support of continued access to competition during and after the tech transition to advanced networks.
The NARUC resolution adds momentum to the movement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Chairman Tom Wheeler to enshrine competition, and other core network values, in future networks.
Highlighting both residential and business service, NARUC’s resolution urged that rules in the FCC tech transition "ensure that competition and current consumer protections -- including privacy, complaint resolution, basic service, and service quality -- remain in effect regardless of the technology used to provide service, and should endorse the states' continued enforcement of these protections where they exist under state law."
In response to the NARUC resolution in support of competition and the tech transition, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:
“The home team sent a strong message to policy makers in Washington today: don’t mess with broadband competition.
“The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) resolution supports broadband competition - for both residential and business services -during and beyond the tech transition. The enduring value of competition has helped business and non-profit customers innovate, save money and expand.
“The resolution by NARUC is a sign that the FCC’s action on competition and the tech transition are in tune with the needs of local businesses who want a choice in broadband service.
“Competitive broadband customers include local businesses and local government entities in both rural and urban markets. Today, NARUC aided the effort to ensure that local access to competition, affordable choices, and better service is preserved for next generation networks.”