Broadband Coalition Supports FCC Decision Clearing Way for Stronger Competition in Broadband Market 

For Immediate Release

September 17, 2012


Debra DeShong Reed,

Amy Weiss,

Broadband Coalition Supports FCC Decision Clearing Way for Stronger Competition in Broadband Market  

(Washington, DC)—The FCC today issued a ruling on the Sec 652 forbearance petition, which clears unnecessary regulatory hurdles to enable non-dominant providers of telecommunications services to combine. This decision today will create a more robust competitive environment.

The following statement on this issue was released by former U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering, spokesman for The Broadband Coalition (

“Everyone wins when there is more competition in the marketplace.  This decision today strengthens the position of broadband providers to compete with ILEC services.  When competition thrives in the broadband marketplace, innovations occur benefiting businesses of all sizes.  This is true for new innovations such as cloud technology.  Studies have shown that cloud technologies now account for one-third of all IT budgets for American businesses.  These same businesses say that the cloud not only changes how they work, but influences their business strategy.   By opening the door to stronger more expansive companies in the broadband market, technologies like the cloud become more affordable and available to small and medium businesses. The FCC’s actions today are a true win for the businesses looking to take advantage of the technologies of tomorrow.”

For more information on the issues of importance to the coalition, go to


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