PRESS RELEASE: SHLB Pushes for Business Data Service Reform
October 07, 2016


For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2016

Amy Robinson
Communications Manager, SHLB Coalition
(202) 261-6599


WASHINGTON DC (October 7, 2016) - The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition urges the FCC to reform the Business Data Service (BDS) marketplace.

The following statement can be attributed to John Windhausen, Executive Director of SHLB:

“The FCC must bring prices for BDS services under control. SHLB believes these efforts should be applied in a technology-neutral way to both TDM and Ethernet services. The FCC has fallen far short on reducing costs, and this proposal threatens to cut off the future of education.

“Schools, libraries, health providers and other anchor institutions need high-speed broadband connectivity options from a variety of providers, and lowering special access/BDS prices would help spur competition and investment in the broadband marketplace. To move us toward the National Broadband Plan goal of gigabit connectivity for all anchor institutions by the year 2020, more action must be taken.”


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