PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

SBE Council Supports FCC Move Recognizing Marketplace Realities and Competition

By at 20 April, 2017, 10:08 am

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For Immediate Release                                                           

Washington, D.C. – The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) urged the commissioners of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to support a proposal directed at the Business Data Services market, via a March 30 draft report and order, which is scheduled to be voted on by the FCC today.

Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of SBE Council, observed, “Under the new leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has come to consider the realities of the marketplace. The FCC has acknowledged actual facts about how competition has flourished in the Business Data Services market, and to recognize that creating a modern regulatory framework will allow investment, innovation and competition to further flourish. This will fully benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses.”

The Business Data Services market – also known as the special access market – refers to the connections between telephone networks and the Internet with, for example, businesses, government buildings, office parks, cell sites, ATMs, and retail outlets.

In a recent analysis, SBE Council chief economist Raymond J. Keating noted:

“This agenda would point FCC policy in a sound direction, encouraging investment and innovation, which, of course, would be positive for the small businesses that use these services, as well as smaller firms in the telecommunications sector itself, and would serve as a spur to economic growth.”

Keating commented on the European Union’s opposition to proposed FCC actions:

“Opposition to reasonable, investment-sensitive regulation has come from some odd places. For example, the European Union wrote of its opposition to the FCC’s move as U.S. providers would have ‘a clear competitive advantage.’ But this happens to be good news for U.S. providers and consumers. Indeed, opposition from the regulation-happy EU is a clear signal that the Pai proposal is the right one.”

According to Keating, it is also mystifying as to why the SBA Office of Advocacy also reportedly has asked for a delay by the FCC. “From a small business perspective, no sound reason exists for delay, given the findings of robust competition in these markets, and that small businesses stand to gain significantly from a sound regulatory environment that further incentivizes investment and innovation,” said Keating.

Contact:

Raymond Keating, 631-909-1122

rkeating@sbecouncil.org

Karen Kerrigan, 703-242-5840

kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has successfully implemented a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: www.sbecouncil.org. Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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