Sen. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeySenate Dems want Trump to release ethics waivers, visitor logs Dems ask FCC to postpone vote on business data reforms Senate Dem: Trump team moving United States to militaristic solution in North Korea MORE (D-Mass.) blasted the Federal Communications Commission Thursday for a new order easing regulations on special data access lines that critics say will reduce competition and increase prices.
Pai said the UHF discount and the cap were "inextricably linked" and it made no sense to change one without considering a change to the other. "But in reality, price regulation threatens competition and investment". The move also increases leverage for broadcasters enabling them to charge cable companies higher fees to carry their signals, a price ultimately borne by higher cable rates for consumers nationwide.
The FCC plans to readdress the issue later this year.
But Clyburn said the UHF discount "had outlived its purpose" and reinstating it would allow a broadcast station group to reach up to 78 percent of the nation's TV households.
"There is no justification for the FCC to restore the UHF Loophole", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and and New Jersey Democrat Rep.
In other words, the European Union worries that a deregulated USA telecom market would give that country an unfair advantage over their European competitors. Frank Pallone wrote to Pai Wednesday. He gave up on the attempt to stiffen regulations on the $45 billion market after the November election when Republican lawmakers urged him not to push controversial measures in the weeks before party control of the FCC switched.
Commissioners voted 2-1 during the FCC's monthly open meeting to lift agency restrictions on large business data services (BDS) providers like AT&T and Verizon.
Pai, who was named by U.S. President Donald Trump to head the FCC in January, said it will begin a comprehensive review of the national cap this year.
The FCC's vote takes away price caps in a county when a competing BDS provider has a network within a half mile of 50 percent of the buildings served by existing providers, even if the building is now served by just one provider.
As for the BDS order, it's a drastic change from what former FCC chmn Tom Wheeler worked on that would have actually extended regulation to competitive entrants, including cable operators, and declared that the market wasn't competitive enough. The regulations require incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) to lease portions of their networks to smaller competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) like Sprint and Level 3 at regulated rates to boost competition.
The Commission's official statement around the policy says it relied on more than 10 years of study of the business data services (BDS) market and a public record garnered from numerous requests for comment in making the decision.
The FCC will provide a "reasonable" transition period - it had not specified that time frame at press time - which critics of the proposal said was the least it could do if it proceeded, before it deregulates incumbent providers of BDS service.
"Business data services, or special access, are important to the functioning of business and anchor institution in each and every city and town in America", Clyburn said.
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