FCC Approves New Measures For ISPs

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The competition between ISPs has now begun.

The FCC’s closing of the so-called “digital divide” is gradually being implemented. The federal agency passed a set of new guidelines that will possibly enable Google Fiber as well as other new ISPs to have a quicker connection to utility poles.

The One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) rules by the FCC authorize providers to tap wires to utility poles with no need to hang around before other utility poles users move their own wires. According to Google Fiber, its distribution has been paralyzed in various cities because of the delay in AT&T and Comcast’s getting the poles ready for new attachers. The new regulations enable new players in the broadband industry to conduct all the required wire improvements themselves.

Comcast appealed to the agency to decline the new measures which accustom barely to the advantage of newcomers while needlessly compromising harm to current attachers and customers alike. However, agency chairman Ajit Pai disdained the debate pointing out that the startups are uselessly behind schedule when they need to hang on for official broadband providers before draping wires.

Pai stated, “For a competitive entrant, especially a small company, breaking into the market can be hard, if not impossible if your business plan relies on other entities to make room for you on those poles. Today, a broadband provider that wants to attach fiber or other equipment to a pole first must wait for and pay for, each existing attacher to sequentially move existing equipment and wires. This can take months, and the bill for multiple truck rolls adds up. For companies of any size, pole-attachment problems represent one of the biggest barriers to broadband deployment.”

Small ISPs are anticipating assistance from the FCC to have a better stance in competing with the major players. But, the agency also considers a more comprehensive recommendation that will harm newcomers to the advantage of edge providers such as AT&T. The larger culmination that the agency perhaps could not iron until 2019 is regarding entry to the telecom companies’ switching headquarters.

Small startups perceive the USTelecom’s request for the commission to hold off a section of the 1996 law that necessitates its associates to authorize them entry to those diverting stations as an empirical risk. Most of these small providers depend on the connection to a competitor’s network to provide their service. Some will market telecom companies’ DSL internet services.

According to Incompas CEO Chip Pickering, several neighborhoods depend on broadband connections from companies that operate internet services in rural localities where bigger companies were hesitant to capitalize. The issue regarding the utility poles is barely debatable. It emanates from objections by smaller ISPs that government is a huge hindrance to more broadband distribution.

Small providers that want to provide a fiber optic internet service in a particular area, needs rearrangement for the existing cables before it can accord its cables. The concern, however, is that in several areas, no company would bother to do that. The company would rather have someone move their own cable on each utility pole. It means that both local telephone and cable company need to move their own cables.  Wireless providers will have no choice but to do the same since they frequently use cables on utility poles to link their cellular towers.

Whatever are the new measures of the FCC, still the bottom line is, it’s for pro-profit and not pro-consumer. It’s hard to expect that ISPs will keep their promise to treat all internet traffic equally. With the Decenternet platform, no promises are needed because it does and will keep its word as it empowers and enables free speech.

Consumers will not experience blocking or delaying of contents in Decenternet, especially discrimination. They do not have to pay extra money just to have a faster connection. Users will enjoy their time online because of the boundless access to the decentralized and centralized networks.

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