Demand for large data volumes has ignited new and vibrant competition in the business broadband market, providing sustainable choices for businesses and consumers.
Modern business broadband networks help enterprises efficiently provide customers innovative services and apps – from cloud computing to the Internet of Things. The expanding volume and density of demand for data has attracted an array of new providers to serve customers with efficient new technologies. A growing entrant is cable, whose business broadband networks are now available to the vast majority of U.S. businesses.
Since the 1980s, the Federal Communications Commission has worked to encourage competition and serving businesses. Temporary pricing policies were added to jumpstart fiber deployment to businesses and other high-volume data users. Since that time, demand for large data volumes has expanded from a handful of big businesses to enterprises of all sizes, plus cloud, mobile, small cell, and WiFi operators. Pricing policies were modernized to account for this new competition, but some want to return to the older system despite the threat to growth and investment.
What We Think
Rolling back existing pricing policies would discourage investment in modern networks, undermine facilities competition and harm businesses, consumers and the economy.
- The Broadband Internet Economy is Thriving
- The Competitive Business Broadband Marketplace
- The FCC Should Not Pick Winners and Losers