Washington DC (August 6, 2015) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to extend landmark competition policy to govern technology transitions to future networks.
The FCC has recognized – and competitors agree – that there are multiple technology transitions taking place in the communications industry; it has been examining all such transitions.
The Broadband Coalition -- a collection of leading competitive providers -- has helped lead a multi-year effort to protect and preserve competition policy during and after the transitions. Efforts include:
- · Mobilized over 11,000 people to sign the More Choice, More Competition petition.
- · Created the video and social media campaign to #StopBOB (Big Old Broadband).
- · Led opposition to AT&T tech transition rate hike attempts.
In response to the vote at the FCC, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:
“The IP revolution was created under competition policy, and now the future will be built on competition policy. The FCC’s forward looking tech transitions framework relies on market-based competition, and will enable new networks to open new markets for broadband customers.
“The FCC’s vote today recognizes the important role competitive broadband providers have in providing business customers and institutions -- including schools, libraries, health care facilities and government offices -- with innovation, more choices, and lower prices.”
“For nearly two decades competitive providers have moved the communications marketplace into the future. They have deployed new networks and new technologies including VoIP, Ethernet and cloud technologies that have disrupted a long stagnant marketplace.
“With the ability to connect to business customers, large and small, over multiple locations and different types of broadband lines, competitors’ new network innovations have helped all sectors of the economy grow.
“We applaud the FCC’s, and in particular Chairman Wheeler’s, leadership on this important issue. Its commitment to making competition a core network value during the tech transition will define a new era of opportunity and innovation.”
About the Broadband Coalition:
The Broadband Coalition: Competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks.
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