The Fiber Broadband Association believes that by reducing regulation, we can propel investment in all-fiber infrastructure. In the past, the Fiber Broadband Association has urged regulators to: not mandate unbundling of fiber facilities; not impose onerous open internet requirements on broadband providers; not require battery back up in all-fiber networks; and not regulate the prices for business data services provided over all-fiber facilities. In addition, the Fiber Broadband Association advocates for the removal of public and private barriers to investment, such as unreasonable fees for access to poles and rights of way and unreasonable franchise requirements.
The Council has been working since January to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission in the Technology Transitions proceeding did not adopt rules adding costs and time to the deployment of all-fiber networks. The Council submitted many filings demonstrating the desire of residential customers to have all-fiber networks and their lack of concern with current battery back-up practices of FTTH providers. The Council was assisted in its efforts by many of its members, including Adtran, Calix, Corning, Cspire, GVTC, and Jackson Energy Authority, and by its Technology Committee and Mike Render from RVA.
Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission adopted two orders in this proceeding that by and large followed the Council’s proposals.
The first order, on Copper Retirement Rules, requires a FTTH service provider to give a single “neutral” notice to retail consumers at least three months prior to moving from copper to fiber. This notice should make consumers aware that they can continue to receive the same services and that they understand the changes that will take place as a result of using non line powered service. There will be no effort to slow down the deployment of fiber. The Copper Retirement public notice is here https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-334747A1.doc
As for the second item, on Battery Backup, the Commission decided not to require a provider install and maintain battery backup for all customers. Rather, a provider only needs to offer customers at the point of sale the option to purchase at their expense battery back up, which initially should have 8-hours of stand-by time. Within three years, providers must offer a 24-hour battery backup solution. In addition, providers need to notify their customers once a year about battery back up maintenance and reasonable use/storage and additional purchase items.
A copy of the Council’s statement on these items can be found at: http://www.ftthcouncil.org/blog/ftth-council-statement-on-fcc-vote-re-nations-transition-to-copper
The Council thanks all members who assisted in the Council’s advocacy. Any network operator interested in more information on this or any other regulatory matter should reach out the Heather Gold at Heather.firstname.lastname@example.org