IIA Statement on USTA Petition

IIA Endorses USTA Petition Urging FCC to Modernize Regulations for Switched Services amidst Clear Competition

Says outdated requirements for maintaining antiquated public-switched networks siphon investment away from next-generation IP infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 19, 2012 – Following the filing of a petition by US Telecom Association (USTA) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the Commission to make a “Declaratory Ruling” that incumbent ILECs no longer possess market power when providing switched access local phone services to residential and business customers, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband access and adoption for all Americans, today issued the following supportive statement:

“The vast majority of the nation now benefits from a highly competitive telecommunications marketplace. Consumers have an abundance of wireless and wireline options for telephone communications and are taking their pick from an array of technologies.

“Policy makers should prioritize the modernization of regulations, eliminating rules that are inappropriate to apply in today¹s dynamic and robust marketplace. In places where there is clear competition in the offering of local voice telephone service, the “dominant carrier” status now accorded to local phone companies should be repealed.

“Outdated requirements focused on maintaining antiquated, public-switched networks slow Internet transformation by siphoning investment away from the next-generation broadband infrastructure that is meeting consumers’ evolving needs. Advancement by the FCC of a national conversation on the IP Transition is paramount to keeping innovators innovating, businesses growing, consumers choosing and America competing.”