NEW VIDEO: Big Old Broadband Locking Up Customers, Locking Out Competition

The Broadband Coalition Brings Back Animated BOB to Help Explain FCC Lock Up Investigation into Terms and Conditions that Harm Deployment 

WASHINGTON DC (December 3, 2015) – BOB is back. That’s bad news for business customers and broadband competition. In a new animated video released today by The Broadband Coalition -- a collection of competitive broadband providers -- BOB (Big Old Broadband) returns to torment customers seeking more choice and lower prices for broadband service. 

To watch the new video, BOB Part 2: The Lock Up, CLICK HERE:


In BOB Part 2: The Lock Up business customers are still forced to take the meatloaf of broadband, and further punished by volume commitments and harmful terms and conditions that prevent them from leaving – even when new competition comes to town. 

In October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched an investigation into “lock-up” provisions that are preventing customers from switching broadband providers and delaying the deployment of new, advanced networks.

Several of the Broadband Coalition members –including Level 3, XO Communications and Windstream -- sent letters to the FCC calling for action on lock-up provisions to help encourage competition in the special access marketplace.

“Customers want more choices and better prices for broadband service, but Big Old Broadband is locking customers in and locking competition out,” said Jeff Sharp, a spokesperson for the Broadband Coalition. “Our BOB videos show how outrageous terms and conditions are designed to preserve monopoly-era market power. When all the customers in town are locked into buying old Bell products, there is less incentive for new network builders. Consumer choice, freedom and innovation power a robust broadband marketplace that will bring faster speeds and lower prices. We encourage the FCC to end the Bell lock-up and help speed the transition to new advanced networks.” 

The new BOB video is a follow up to this summers animated hit which helped drive over 10,000 petition signers to the More Choice, More Competition petition on Change.Org.

To watch BOB Part ONE, click here.


About the Broadband Coalition:

The Broadband Coalition: Competitive broadband providers united to preserve innovation, competition and connection for future networks. 

To learn more, please visit:

and Customers 4 Competition:

And follow us on Twitter: @bbandcoalition

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