Broadband Coalition Praises FCC Tech Transition Vote as “Pro Customer”
WASHINGTON, DC (Friday, November 21, 2014) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took an important step forward in protecting competition policy for consumers and business customers who want more choices for broadband service.
By passing their proposed rulemaking to facilitate technology transitions, the FCC is seeking comment on proposals to promote and preserve network values including public safety, consumer protection and competition for future networks.
In response to the FCC vote, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:
“The FCC sent a clear message today: New networks, more competition.
“By seeking to enshrine competition policy during the tech transition, the FCC is standing up for broadband customers’ ability to choose their provider based on price, service and innovation.
“Customers are calling for more competition, and the FCC has said the customer is always right. Today’s vote is a win for schools, small businesses and local government agencies that have chosen a competitive broadband provider. By ensuring last mile access is not used as a bottleneck to choke out competition, the FCC will speed the creation of new networks and new competition.
“In a perfect world, the existing network value of competition would not require protection. Unfortunately, large incumbent telecom providers have demonstrated a desire to use the technology transition as an excuse for blocking competition and raising prices. Last week, in a brazen display of market power abuse, one large provider even threated to hold fiber deployment hostage over a separate technology issue.
“The Broadband Coalition applauds the work and vision the FCC commissioners, and staff, have dedicated to ensuring competition policy will continue to drive technology transitions moving forward. Whether IP travels over copper, fiber or any technology, competition must remain the gold standard.”