Friday
Jul152016

Broadband Coalition Praise FCC for Denying AT&T’s Bullying Rate Hike Sneak Attack

WASHINGTON DC (July 15, 2016) – Today the FCC rejected an anti-competitive measure by AT&T that would have stripped cost saving options for business customers that promote flexibility and competition. 

 

In response to the FCC action today, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition released the following statement: 

 

“We are thrilled the FCC has denied the bullying attempt by AT&T to strip cost saving portability plans that provide flexibility and affordable broadband options. 

 

“AT&T was attempting a rate hike sneak attack that would have increased prices for customers, wireless backhaul and community buildings and we applaud the FCC for stepping in. 

 

“Brazen displays of market power, such as the rate hike sneak attacks we have seen in the past week from large incumbent providers, underscore the immediate need for action on business data service reform.  We encourage the FCC to act quickly and forcefully to fix a broken market and promote competition that business customer’s large and small desire.”

 

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About the Broadband Coalition:

 

The Broadband Coalition: Competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks. Members including EarthLink, Level 3 and Windstream filed in opposition to the AT&T petition.

 

To learn more, please visit: http://thebroadbandcoalition.com

 

and Customers 4 Competition: http://customers4competition.com

 

 

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

Monday
Jul112016

Rate Hike Sneak Attack by AT&T and Verizon Hits Business Customers with Brazen Display of Market Power

Big Bell Manipulation of Business Data Services Terms and Conditions Another Reason for Stronger BDS Reform
 
WASHINGTON DC (July 11, 2016) – A number of the nation’s leading competitive broadband providers are blasting an anti-competitive ploy by AT&T and Verizon to raise broadband prices on business customers.
 
In filings to the FCC, members of the Broadband Coalition and others across the industry sounded the alarm on the Bell giants’ latest attempt to manipulate the market using anti-competitive lock-up sales conditions to harm competition. They want the FCC to stop a new attempt by AT&T and Verizon to hike prices for broadband lines used by business, schools, libraries, ATM machines and gas pumps.
 
“This rate hike sneak attack by AT&T and Verizon is a brazen display of market power, and a slap in the face to business customers who want more choice, lower prices and better service,” said a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition.
 
The FCC’s investigation into the sales practices of Verizon and AT&T earlier this year found that their manipulative use of terms and conditions and lock up agreements were keeping prices high and blocking new networks and new competition.  AT&T and Verizon responded to the actions the Commission took as a result of that investigation by eliminating cost-saving provisions and simply raising their rates – a brazen, retaliatory display of market power.
 
The Big Bell companies face the possibility of more competition now that a historic data collection has found market power abuse. The FCC is seeking to take necessary action to reform the broken Business Data Services market, and the Broadband Coalition pointed to this rate hike attempt as a telling sign that the agency must take stronger action to protect non-profit, government, and business consumers.
 
“It’s as if the Big Bell companies were told to stop stealing the lunch money, and retaliated by shoving their competition into a locker,” the Broadband Coalition spokesperson said. “It’s time for the FCC to stop the Bells’ bullying by reforming the Business Data Service market to bring more cost saving competition, investment and innovation.”
 
The FCC must act by Friday, July 15th to stop the rate hike from going into effect.
 
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Monday
Jun272016

Broadband Coalition Statement on VZ-INCOMPAS Letter

In response to the letter from Verizon and INCOMPAS on the FCC's Business Data Services proceeding today, The Broadband Coalition, a collection of competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks, released the following statement:

"We welcome constructive conversation on the FCC’s Business Data Services proceeding, such as today's letter from Verizon and INCOMPAS, and a recent letter from Public Knowledge.  

“We are encouraged by progress, but strong Commission action is still needed in order to bring relief to millions of business customers who have long been denied competition, lower prices and innovation because of monopoly pricing and lack of choice.  

“The FCC’s data driven process, built on a historic pricing investigation, paves the way for reform.  Proper follow through by the agency has the potential to redirect billions of dollars in hidden overcharges paid by consumers and entrepreneurs everywhere, and instead let them spend those dollars building their homes and businesses.” 

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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
Apr282016

Broadband Coalition Statement on FCC Business Data Action, Lock Up

WASHINGTON DC (April 28th, 2016) – Today the FCC voted to address some of the terms and conditions holding back broadband competition, and took an important step to advance its proceeding to reform the business data service market. 

 

In response, the Broadband Coalition released the following statement:

 

“The FCC continues to move forward on a future that protects, promotes and expands competition for business customers. The historic data collection and action today on reforms to end market power abuse is critical to helping customers obtain more choices, lower prices and innovative products. 

 

“We commend the FCC for moving forward on curbing larger providers’ abuse of market power over business data services, which is holding back advanced network deployment and curbing greater IP-based competition. We look forward to continuing to work with the FCC to ensure customers are free to choose among multiple broadband providers to help their business grow.”

Friday
Apr082016

Broadband Coalition Welcomes FCC Action on Competition

FCC Move Could End Decade of Delay, Unleash Future of Competition

Washington DC (April 8th, 2016) – Today the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler announced additional movement on the long-delayed special access proceeding to help protect and promote competition for business customers and community buildings such as schools, libraries and hospitals. 

The Broadband Coalition, which has led efforts to end the incumbent Bell telcos’ abuse of their market power through filings and a video campaign, welcomed the FCC’s movement to address anti-competitive rates, terms and conditions. 

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

“Chairman Wheeler today announced policy reform efforts intended to end a decade of delay and unleash a century of choice and innovation. The FCC is also taking additional steps to address anti-competitive terms and conditions that lock up customers and lock out competition. 

“The Broadband Coalition welcomes pro-consumer action and looks forward to working with the entire FCC to promote more competition and choice for our customers. 

“Competition policy has created new companies, new jobs and new networks. But as the FCC data indicates, the process of achieving the goals of bi-partisan competition policy remains in its infancy.  FCC special access data shows an alarming lack of competition for these critical communications services. 77 percent of locations have only one facilities-based provider with a connection to the building, while nearly 21 percent have only two. 

“That means a staggering 98 percent of buildings only have one or two choices for a facilities-based provider.  

“With conclusive data in hand, the FCC now has the authority and the responsibility to act. Ending the Bell’s abuse of their market power will mean lower prices and more competition for business customers, schools, libraries, hospitals and government buildings. “

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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