Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation File Comments on Fixed Wireline Competition with FCC

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On Aug 17, Public Knowledge joined Common Cause, Center for Rural Strategies, and the Benton Foundation in filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau in response to a Public Notice seeking comment on the state of fixed wireline competition. Public Knowledge contends that as the FCC prepares its first annual Communications Marketplace report in compliance with the RAY BAUM’s Act of 2018, the agency should measure fixed and mobile broadband as distinct -- and separate -- product markets. The Communications marketplace report should also take affirmative steps to address the role competition, or lack thereof, plays in the rural and urban digital divide. Finally, the existing record evidence from numerous recent rulemaking proceedings makes clear that the current broadband marketplace is not competitive. Certain marketplace practice and regulation rollbacks serve as barriers to competition that the Commission must address.

Daiquiri Ryan, Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, said, “The Commission needs to carefully and individually analyze competition in different market areas to gain a robust, meaningful understanding of what is available to consumers. The agency should provide a detailed analysis of all components of the broadband market -- rather than blending them all together in an effort to hide potential problem spots.”

Public Knowledge Files Comments on Fixed Wireline Competition with FCC