Five US network infrastructure providers have formed the Invest in Broadband for America coalition, combining efforts to preserve network infrastructure and competition in the business broadband market, the companies said.
The companies, that together operate data and fiber transport networks in all 50 states, provide dedicated connections to competitors that need to reach fiber networks to market competing telecom services. Ongoing investments in these services are what connect businesses, homes, cell towers for wireless traffic and data services for millions of users.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new regulations on the special access market and incumbent providers. The coalition said it has pushed for the FCC to reconsider business broadband proposal.
Invest in Broadband for America coalition is made up of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), Cincinnati Bell, Inc. (NYSE: CBB), Consolidated Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP) and Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR).
The same companies were joined by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in filing a motion to strike the data framework underlying the FCC´s recent business broadband services proposal.
CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company offering network and data systems management, big data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia.
Cincinnati Bell Inc. provides integrated communications solutions, including local and long distance voice, data, high-speed Internet and video, that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected.
Consolidated Communications provides business and broadband communications services across its 11-state service area to carrier, commercial and consumer customers.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states.
Frontier Communications Corporation provides communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states