TDS reacts to Incompas/Verizon letter to the FCC on Business Data Services

The letter requests the FCC adopt a permanent special access framework.

Today, June 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a joint letter from Incompas, a federal trade association that represents competitive telecom carriers, and Verizon, one of the largest communications providers in the US. The letter requests the FCC adopt a permanent special access framework that accommodates new technology while encouraging the transition from legacy telecommunication services to internet protocol.

The following statement can be attributed to Jim Butman, group president for TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®):

“TDS fully supports the business data services framework submitted today by Incompas and Verizon to the FCC. We have long argued the importance of creating an accurate competitive market test that results in the identification of true competitive market characteristics, not artificial benchmarks.

“TDS also supports the prospective Ethernet pricing reform concepts contained in the Incompas/Verizon filing. Ethernet pricing should be appropriately studied and significantly reduced based on actual costs and market conditions. Benchmark prices set by the FCC must ensure that dominant providers are not able to create "price squeeze" conditions by charging non-competitive Ethernet prices to wholesale customers.

“The Incompas/Verizon proposed framework aims to bring more competition to the business data services marketplace, something TDS has been working toward for decades. While challenging issues remain between the parties, the search for common ground and what is best for business consumers, as well as these companies, will continue during the FCC’s ongoing docket process.”



Media Contact: Drew Petersen | VP External Affairs & Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4155 | drew.petersen@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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