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Friday
Apr112014

IP Trials will be Travesty Without Wholesale Plan for Competition

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.”

Monday
Apr072014

Broadband Innovators Series

The Broadband Innovators series is a collection of four reports detailing the current and future state of the broadband marketplace. Focusing on competition, network investments, small business and customer service, these reports spotlight new innovation and the competitive policies that make them possible.

Competition

Competition drives innovation. This paper details how, in stark contrast to the residential market, lack of access to competition in the business market is hurting broadband innovation.

-Coming Soon

Customer Service

By dedicating more employees to customer service, competitive providers lead in customer satisfaction - a critical advantage in the US market place, where choosing a broadband provider is based on service. Business customer needs, like integration of billing for multiple locations, are a reason a ‘one-size fits all’ approach fails to meet broadband customer demands.  

-click here to read the report
-click here to read our press release

Small Business

Our second report focuses on the 27.9 million small businesses in the United States. While small, they are aggressive adopters of new broadband services, and big IT spenders. From investing in cloud solutions to creating telework opportunities, small businesses are at the forefront of business broadband innovations. 

-click here to read the report
-click here to read our press release

Investments in the Network

Our first paper focuses on investment by competitors, and how they have led to advancements in technology that are changing the network. From Ethernet, advanced voice and the cloud, businesses are taking advantage of network investment. 

-click here to read the report

The Broadband Innovators series is designed to highlight innovation by competitive providers that are moving the broadband market into the future. These reports feature business profiles and case studies from leading competitive broadband providers BT, Cbeyond, EarthLink, Granite Telecommunications, tw telecom and XO Communications.

Wednesday
Apr022014

New Competition Timeline Can Guide FCC IP Transition

Broadband Coalition Praises COMPTEL Technology Transition Plan 

WASHINGTON DC (April 2, 2014) – Today, the Broadband Coalition expressed support for a new plan from COMPTEL that will help ensure competition is both preserved and expanded during the technology transition proceedings at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

The COMPTEL timeline provides substantive targets for the FCC on special access data collection, IP interconnection and last mile access. These are key elements for the preservation of a functioning wholesale marketplace where robust competition can thrive.

The following statement can be attributed to Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition:

“Since the landmark 1996 Telecommunications Act, competition has spurred growth in innovation, growth in investment and growth in jobs. The FCC has hailed competition as an enduring network value and COMPTEL’s proposed timeline will light the path forward as the FCC begins to walk the walk in preserving and expanding competition in an IP age.

“Data from the special access proceeding is an essential ingredient.  Once available, it will show the stark contrast between the residential market and the business market, where market power by the Bell companies is still prevalent.

“Without IP interconnection and last mile access, new innovations in technology will wither on the vine as business customers are disconnected from future networks and left without a choice in telecommunication services.” 

For more information on the issues of importance to the coalition, please visit www.thebroadbandcoalition.com and follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition.

Friday
Feb282014

IP Trials Need Competition 

Broadband Coalition Statement on AT&T Trial Announcement

Washington DC (February 28, 2014) – AT&T has filed their long awaited proposal for an IP (internet protocol) trial with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Today the telecom giant announced technology their trials will take place in West Delray Beach, Florida and Carbon Hill, Alabama.

In January, the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler voted to allow any telecom provider to move forward with experiments on IP evolution, stressing the need to preserve the enduring values of the network compact, including competition, consumer protection, public safety and universal service.

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

“Phone giant AT&T has announced an IP trial, but Chairman Wheeler and the FCC have made it clear that the IP trials are not all about AT&T. The FCC has stressed competition should be a critical value in these trials.

“For years, competitive broadband providers have been aggressively leading the way in deploying IP networks. We support the FCC’s core values of competition, connection, safety and consumer protection. Unlike AT&T’s proposed trial, we believe the IP experiments must be done not just where they are easy, but where they are hard.

“For competition and innovation to continue driving job growth, IP networks must interconnect and the special needs of the business market, the wholesale market and the government market must be addressed.”

Thursday
Jan302014

The Future of the Network Depends on the Future of Competition

Broadband Coalition Praises FCC Values Governing Move to IP, Urges Action to Match Values

Washington D.C. (January 30, 2014) – Today during the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Open Commission Meeting, Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC will consider experiments to examine the impacts on consumers and businesses during a migration to IP (Internet Protocol) services.

The FCC stressed important core values driving the IP transition: competition, consumer protection, public safety and universal access.

The following statement is attributable to the Broadband Coalition: 

“Chairman Wheeler got it right – the transition to IP needs to be guided by  ‘competition, competition, competition.’  We welcome that statement and urge the FCC to continue working to protect these important values.

“With the principles of competition at the core, the FCC’s statement of values can guide a successful move to IP technology. Without future competition, the network has no future.

“Competition policy drives innovation and job growth. Competition policy led to the creation and deployment of advanced technology like IP and cloud based services. Future network innovations will only take place in an environment driven by competition, available to everyone and protected from unchecked market power.  

“In a recent print ad, the Broadband Coalition joined with COMPTEL to present four simple principles for making the network work for both consumers and businesses. Competition policy, public safety, interconnection and last mile access must remain the glue that holds the network together through this current technology revolution and beyond.

“In December, the CEOs and leaders of several competitive providers came to Washington to remind policy makers that the business market operates far differently than the residential marketplace -both in terms of competitive choice and wireless migration. The Broadband Coalition strongly urges the FCC to highlight the differences between the residential and business marketplace as they begin experiments for IP service.”