Broadband Coalition Statement on FCC Filings Urging AT&T Trial Fixes
Washington DC (April 11, 2014) – A series of problems with AT&T’s proposed IP (internet protocol) trials were identified this week by national survey data expert Joseph Lenski, consumer groups and leading competitive providers of voice, data and broadband services.
Earlier this year AT&T announced its intention to move forward with technology experiments in West Delray Beach, Florida and Carbon Hill, Alabama. However, AT&T left a number of critical issues unresolved, including technology migration solutions for TDM to IP that are critical to the future of the wholesale business marketplace.
Upon extensive study of the proposed experiments, Joseph Lenski of Edison Media Research, found that AT&T will be unlikely to generate accurate and meaningful data about the impact of the TDM-to-IP transition on residential, business, and wholesale customers. In a filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Lenski states that by failing to included wire centers that encompass the true challenges most markets face, and not providing sufficient information on the types of data and metrics used to test control groups, AT&T has presented an incomplete trial that will fail to yield real-world results that could serve as a guide for the FCC.
In response to FCC filings in opposition to the AT&T trials, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for The Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:
“By failing to address the future of the wholesale marketplace, AT&T risks turning its IP trial into an IP travesty.
“In his FCC filing, survey expert Joe Lenski wisely points out that the incumbent Bell company has neglected to include the wholesale market. By not selecting wire centers that encompass the complex challenges most markets face, the AT&T trial is doomed to produce insufficient information, data and other metrics that can truly guide a TDM to IP transition.
“The FCC was crystal clear in its goals for the IP experiments: preserve the enduring values of the network compact, including competition, consumer protection, public safety and universal service. Unless changes are made to address the concerns of the wholesale market, AT&T’s trial will produce a road map to higher prices and less choice for business customers.”