Broadband Coalition Statement on FCC Chairman’s Remarks, New COMPTEL Membership
DALLAS, TEXAS (October 6, 2014) – Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler delivered remarks in Dallas, Texas on the future of competition before the COMPTEL Plus show.
During the show, COMPTEL CEO, Chip Pickering, announced that COMPTEL has added new members in the fight for competitive policy including, Netflix, Amazon, Google Fiber, SoftBank, Vodafone, AngelList.
In response to the Chairman’s remarks and the news at COMPTEL, Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition, released the following statement:
"Tom Wheeler is a man rooted in history, but firmly focused on the future. And in his hands, the future of competition is bright. Today he made it clear that both last mile and interconnection must be preserved as we transition to future networks.
"Stating that the transition to an IP future will not be a license to eliminate competition, Wheeler stressed the importance of interconnection. He argued that the loss of interconnection would lead to a crisis for consumers and a crisis for workers. On behalf of our customers who have chosen a competitive provider, we applaud his commitment to preserving future competition.
"Under Chip Pickering’s leadership, COMPTEL has transformed itself into the fighter competition policy needs. Adding Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Fiber, SoftBank, Vodafone and AngelList brings cutting edge voices and feisty start-ups to the table. We welcome these innovators to COMPTEL and look forward to including their voices in the growing conversation over the future of competition policy."
Photos from the Event