With Commission Action Uncertain, Competition Remains Key to the Future
Last Wednesday, the FCC removed the Business Data Services (BDS) order from the November Open Meeting agenda.
While action on BDS remains uncertain, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering pushed the FCC to stay true to its commitments to competition and help business customers, stating "After a decade-long delay, and over $150 billion in economic impact to the American people due to overcharges, the business data services order deserves a vote at the FCC."
Pickering said inaction "punishes small businesses, schools and libraries that have been promised faster speeds, lower prices and more competition."
Pickering, continuing to fight for immediate and future action pointed to election results and the next administration saying, "The voters have insisted that Washington is broken. They want more competition and better pricing. The market is rigged for broadband monopolies. It's time for FCC leadership, in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, willing to fight for competition for all."
In addition to BDS, the FCC also removed several other items from its agenda, including the Mobility Fund Order, a notice of proposed rulemaking on roaming obligations of commercial mobile service providers and the regulatory classification of Voice over LTE, and implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.