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New coalition to FCC: Fix broadband competition

A new coalition is pressing the Federal Communications Commission to use its authority to do more to mandate a competitive broadband market.

The group, called Competify, is made up of 11 Internet advocates, trade groups and companies, or as they like to call themselves, “partners for the cure.” All of the members are businesses or groups that rely on the dominant Internet service providers to do business, or, like Public Knowledge, have been strong advocates of the FCC’s new open Internet order.

Competify launched Monday morning with a full-page ad in the New York Times, citing data from the FCC’s 2015 broadband progress report that concludes “three out of four American consumers have one broadband option or none at all.”

Now that the FCC passed the order, “it’s time to address the underlying disease,” Competify’s web site reads.

Comparing the current state of the broadband competition to a disease, the campaign positions the FCC as the doctor that can cure the problem.

“The FCC can cure the broadband economy, releasing it from the grips of this insidious disease and its anti-competitive consequences. To ensure better, faster and cheaper broadband for the entire U.S. economy, we need a comprehensive remedy,” Competify says on its web site, but without offering any specific proposals.

Competify members are: Sprint, Public Knowledge, Level 3, The Broadband Coalition, Computer & Communications Industry Association, COMPTEL, BT, Engine, AdHoc Telecommunications Users Committee, XO Communications, and the Competitive Carriers Association.