Friday
Jun262015

Broadband Coalition Statement on Tom Wheeler Broadband Address at Brookings Inst. 

WASHINGTON DC (June 26, 2015) – Today, the Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler, discussed the future of broadband during an address before the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C.

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

“With competition entered into his GPS, we are pleased to hear that Chairman Wheeler has the pedal to the floor on a comprehensive broadband deployment and connection agenda.

“In the past week, more than 6,500 new voices have called on the FCC to take action in support of broadband competition. Today’s remarks by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in support of a robust effort to unleash competition are an indication that their message is being recognized.

“For too long, large incumbent providers have pumped the brakes on competition. If we are to move beyond the debates of the past, and unleash future networks and technology then we must protect and promote competition starting with action on the tech transitions docket and the long stalled competitive access proceeding.

“A caravan of consumers, business customers, schools, libraries and government entities need the FCC to remove roadblocks to competition.  Today’s remarks indicate that he has taken notice of their call for more choice and new networks.”

To learn more about the Broadband Coalitions new campaign to Stop BOB (Big Old Broadband), and demand more choice and more competition in broadband, please visit: http://thebroadbandcoalition.com/bigoldbroadband/

Monday
Jun152015

Want More Broadband Choice & Competition? Stop BOB

The Broadband Coalition Launches New Video, Ad Campaign to Encourage More Choice in the Broadband Marketplace

WASHINGTON DC (June 15, 2015) – Meet BOB (Big Old Broadband), the star of a new animated ad campaign launched today by the Broadband Coalition urging policy makers to support broadband competition policy. 

BOB only serves the meatloaf of broadband, a lack of choice that has his customers feeling trapped and frustrated. Broadband prices rise, no choice. Customer service falls, still no choice. That’s BOB’s world, and customers want out.

To Watch the Video, CLICK HERE.

http://thebroadbandcoalition.com/bigoldbroadband

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUQbdVXnD7c

“Customers want more choices and better prices for broadband service, both at home and at work,” said Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition. “Only having one or two broadband options results in a decline in customer service, higher prices and less investment. Competition is the cure, and our campaign to stop BOB is designed to foster more broadband choice." 

The broadband competition campaign to stop BOB and encourage more choice includes a petition drive directed at the FCC and Congress. This summer the FCC has the opportunity to enshrine competition policy for current and future networks during the tech transition. Efforts to encourage new network builders and more choices will unlock competitive providers’ fiber investments, helping reach more business, nonprofit, and government customers.

Key Facts:

At higher broadband speeds, the type customers need for streaming Netflix or working from home:

 

  • 55 percent of American households have only ONE broadband connection.
  • 80 percent of American’s only have a choice of TWO broadband connections.* 
  • In the business market: 70 percent of the wholesale access market – connecting competitive providers’ fiber networks to individual business, nonprofit, and government locations – is held by just three providers: AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink.**

 

*Source: FCC

**Source: ATLANTIC-ACM, U.S. Telecom Wired and Wireless Sizing and Share Report, September 2014 (estimating market share based on 2013 data).

Video Transcript:

 

BOB:
Welcome to Bob’s Big Old Broadband Cafeteria. What’ll ya have?
Customer One:
What’s the special? 
BOB:
We have the meatloaf, or the other meatloaf.
Customer One:
Oh. Can I just get a salad?
BOB:
No. You can get the meatloaf, or the other meatloaf.
Customer Two:
I’m not really a meatloaf guy. How about a sandwich? You have those, right?
BOB:
No. We have the meatloaf, or the other meatloaf. 
Customer Three:
I’m just not that hungry… can I get a half order?
Customer One:
Yeah, like a value-size portion…  
BOB:
I’m sorry but the meatloaf only comes in one size. 
Customer One:
Well... do you have any side dishes? 
BOB:
Yes. The other meatloaf. 
Customer Three:
But you must have other choices right? 
BOB:
Our customers have all the choice they need. 
Meatloaf… other meatloaf.
Customer Two:
Should we go someplace else?
Customer Three:
There IS no place else. 
Customers:
(all together)  (grumbling)
Meatloaf please. 
Title Card:
TELL THE FCC: MORE CHOICE. LESS MEATLOAF.
Back to Animation:
OLD WALL-MOUNT ROTARY PHONE RINGS and RINGS. 
BOB:
Have a seat, and we’ll deliver the meatloaf to your table between the window of 8am and 5pm.
Customers:
Sigh. 
Monday
Feb232015

State Leaders Urge Preservation of Broadband Competition in Tech Transition

Broadband Coalition Applauds NARUC Resolution in Support of Residential and Business Competition 

WASHINGTON DC (February 18, 2015) – State regulatory government leaders are standing up for competition and choice in broadband service for consumers and businesses. In a vote today at their winter meeting, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) passed a resolution in support of continued access to competition during and after the tech transition to advanced networks.

The NARUC resolution adds momentum to the movement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Chairman Tom Wheeler to enshrine competition, and other core network values, in future networks.

Highlighting both residential and business service, NARUC’s resolution urged that rules in the FCC tech transition "ensure that competition and current consumer protections -- including privacy, complaint resolution, basic service, and service quality -- remain in effect regardless of the technology used to provide service, and should endorse the states' continued enforcement of these protections where they exist under state law."

In response to the NARUC resolution in support of competition and the tech transition, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:

“The home team sent a strong message to policy makers in Washington today: don’t mess with broadband competition.

“The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) resolution supports broadband competition - for both residential and business services  -during and beyond the tech transition. The enduring value of competition has helped business and non-profit customers innovate, save money and expand.

“The resolution by NARUC is a sign that the FCC’s action on competition and the tech transition are in tune with the needs of local businesses who want a choice in broadband service.

“Competitive broadband customers include local businesses and local government entities in both rural and urban markets. Today, NARUC aided the effort to ensure that local access to competition, affordable choices, and better service is preserved for next generation networks.”

Friday
Nov212014

FCC: New Networks, More Competition

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.”

Friday
Oct312014

Customers and Competition Get Halloween Treat from FCC

Broadband Coalition Statement on FCC Competition Action

WASHINGTON DC (October 31, 2014) -- Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched a proceeding to facilitate tech transitions in line with the commission’s stated core values of preserving competition, protecting customers and securing public safety.

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

“After years of Bell tricks designed to thwart competition, the Chairman’s announcement today gives a Halloween treat to consumers and business customers who want access to more choices, more networks, and more competition for broadband service.

“Landmark, bi-partisan competition rules have helped create an American-made innovation revolution for broadband services. Competition helped bring services like VoIP, the cloud and other IP services to market. We are pleased that the proposal recognizes the enduring importance of core values—including competition and public safety—for how our networks work.

“For months, our customers—large and small, from national chain stores to local non-profits—have spoken up for preservation of the services and choices their competitive providers offer. Addressing preservation of last mile access and ensuring a smooth copper transition, the proposal signals the FCC stands ready to scare off misguided attempts to limit choice and competition.”

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DON’T MISS: Yesterday, on the Broadband Coalition Blog, Chip Pickering, the CEO of COMPTEL, detailed how the FCC and Chairman Wheeler’s words have been laying the groundwork for action on competition policy. CLICK HERE to READ.