Customers Benefit from Broadband Choice and Future Network Access
WASHINGTON DC (Thursday, September 4th 2014) – Today Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Tom Wheeler lauded the value of broadband competition and detailed the complex hurdles monopoly-minded providers have erected to block competition.
Speaking from tech start up incubator 1776 in Washington DC, Chairman Wheeler stressed that Americans demand more broadband, and competition is the most effective tool for driving investment and economic benefit.
In response to Chairman Wheeler’s remarks, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following comment:
The words competition and Wheeler go hand in hand. Today, the FCC Chairman made it very clear: Americans must have more broadband competition to drive investment and innovation, and the FCC should act to eliminate barriers to competition for the networks of today and tomorrow.
Wheeler’s speech made it clear that competition policy will not be abandoned as we move into the IP future. He clarified two important policy areas:
First, monopoly-minded incumbents should not be allowed to use their hold on last mile access to block competition, including by preventing customers from switching providers. Second, by setting the rules of the road for broadband competition we will ensure innovation and investment continue to drive our economy.
History has proven that competition produces innovation. The members of the Broadband Coalition, and the competitive telecom community, have helped bring innovations like Ethernet and the cloud to the business market.
We applaud Chairman Wheeler for his dedication to competition and for highlighting specific key constraints, like last mile access, that could limit competition. Broadband customers who want a choice in service providers were given a signal today from the Chairman that the future of broadband and the future of competition go hand in hand.