SHLB Commends 8th Circuit Decision to Remand FCC BDS Order August 28, 2018
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC (August 28, 2018) - A St. Paul, Minnesota-based panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today remanded a portion of the Federal Communications Commission’s Business Data Services (BDS) Order which deregulated transport rates for major incumbent telecom companies.
John Windhausen Jr., Executive Director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
"We are pleased that the court questioned the FCC's decision to deregulate transport services. Schools, libraries, health providers, and other anchor institutions in rural areas and non-competitive markets are vulnerable to price increases when they have few broadband options. The court's remand will give the FCC another opportunity to examine real world evidence about the impact of transport deregulation on anchor institutions before making a final decision."
The SHLB Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, DC and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.