“Data gathered by the FCC in 2013 show that well over 300 competitors have their own business data facilities in census blocks which contain over 97 percent of the country’s business locations, amounting to a 51 percent revenue share in 2013. Competitors have grown significantly over the past three years and have increased their majority share of this business, while new technologies and new entrants multiply the range of choice for business customers. To continue this growth and help wireless carriers deploy 5G services, we need policies that will encourage investment in new fiber and internet-enabled infrastructure. The commission has long rejected pleas to substitute government-managed resale competition for real competition. To change course now would harm American consumers and the nation’s ability to compete in a global economy.”
Separately, US Telecom today filed of small and medium-sized businesses in the business data services market, which shows business customers have been and are continuing to switch in very significant numbers among competing companies and technologies. The survey shows that competition is significantly broader than the commission may realize. In addition, the significant customer churn revealed by the survey demonstrates that the commission’s 2013 data does not reflect the current state of the market.