he Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has proposed re-regulation of the business data services (BDS) market, with price-regulation in markets deemed “non-competitive” as the primary tool.  Markets would be defined by geography, technology, and speed of transmission.  We find that FCC- mandated price cuts on BDS are likely to damage the financial viability of both competitive and incumbent BDS providers, with facilities-based providers taking the greatest hit.  At the same time, the FCC is unlikely to advance the migration from 4G to 5G, without even more devastating hits to providers.  Thus, the FCC’s proposals will, in fact, frustrate two of the agency’s key objectives for this proceeding.

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