SHLB Commends 8th Circuit Decision to Remand FCC BDS Order
August 28, 2018


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
(202) 261-6599

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."


About SHLB:

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

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