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 Association filed reply comments in the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry Inquiry Concerning Deployment of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to All Americans in a Reasonable and Timely Fashion (Section 706) on October 6. In our Reply Comments, we urged the FCC to adopt NCTA’s proposal that the FCC view its duties under Section 706 by “monitoring the progress of broadband deployment in the United States.” In order to accomplish this, the Association requested “comparing deployment by census blocks in the present year to deployment to those census blocks in previous years.” The Commission then can assess and publish progress in each census block by comparing it to various benchmarks for reasonable and timely deployment, including by comparing urban to rural deployments, domestic to international (accounting for different demographics, geography, and other factors), and current to previous network technology deployments.