Special Access (or BDS) Regulations

A lot has changed since 1996. But one thing that hasn’t changed are so-called “Special Access” or Business Data Services (BDS) regulations. Below is a collection of IIA’s work on Special Access/BDSs and how the FCC should take a smart and sensible approach when it comes to regulations.

A False Compromise

Our Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman has a piece in Investor’s Business Daily on Verizon, the FCC, and the current business data services discussion. An excerpt: Trade association INCOMPAS, which represents competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), and Verizon have been working together to “negotiate” a deal with the Federal Communications Commission. Although...

Boucher on Business Data Services

Earlier today, Morning Consult published an op-ed from our own Rick Boucher on the FCC’s ongoing business data services proceedings. An excerpt: Simple economics suggests that the way to promote the most rapid deployment of the fastest business data services to the enterprises that need them is to rely on...

Economists on BDS Competition

As the FCC continues its murky — and occasionally confounding — Business Data Services (BDS) process, seven economists have penned a letter to the Commission arguing that any imposed rate regulation on what is a truly competitive market would be a mistake and counterproductive. From said letter: As commenters across...

ICYMI: IIA’s BDS Reply Comments

We recently submitted Reply Comments to the FCC’s proposed Business Data Services (BDS) policy. You can read the full comments here, but here’s some highlights: PRICE REGULATION OF LEGACY AND ETHERNET BUSINESS DATA SERVICES WILL DETER THE INVESTMENT NECESSARY FOR UBIQUITOUS HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT Only the private sector can provide...

Phoenix Center on Business Data Services and the FCC

The Phoenix Center has released a new paper penned by Dr. George Ford titled “Learning from Bad Technique: The WIK-Consult Report on Business Data Services.” While the title of the paper may leave you guessing, its findings make pretty clear that the FCC’s current course and speed when it comes...

Senators Reach Out to FCC Over Special Access

As the FCC continues its special access agenda, its use of flawed data is not escaping notice. The latest to voice their concerns about the Commission’s current course are nine senators — eight democrats, one independent — representing rural communities. From a letter these lawmakers sent to FCC Chairman Tom...

Ignoring the Cable Giant in the Room

The smart folks at Light Reading have kicked off a four-part series analyzing the Cable industry’s performance and opportunities in serving the business market. If you’re the type who enjoys wonking out on telecommunications complexities, you’ll want to check the series out. The first part of the series, “How Cable...

Boucher in Bloomberg BNA

Our Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher recently had an op-ed on Special Access services published by Bloomberg BNA. An excerpt: Existing FCC regulations effectively necessitate that telephone companies maintain two networks—one that is modern and fiber-based offering fast Ethernet services and the old one based on copper technology. New fiber networks...