The FCC’s plan will impose price regulation on certain aspects of the BDS market and threaten it for others. The question that concerns me is whether the FCC’s action will make that investment easier or harder.
The FCC would be well advised to take a current assessment of the tremendous growth of competition in the BDS market, with cable companies now investing at a faster pace than traditional incumbents. The FCC began the BDS inquiry by noting, “First, competition is best.” They should have stopped right there. They still can by listening to the providers, incumbents and competitors alike, who oppose price regulation…and they should if they actually want new investments in business data services.