Keynoting COMPTEL yesterday, CEO Larissa Herda of TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) used the pulpit to call for a National Business Broadband Policy. It's no secret that competitive service providers of all stripes have high hopes for the Obama administration. The last eight years were rather friendly to the incumbents, to put it lightly.
The theme of the speech was that healthy competition is what drives innovation, you can't achieve the latter without ensuring the former. It's a bit sad that we have reached the point where someone actually has to say that. Her three critical items to fight for are worth repeating:
- Effective regulation of Special Access of all kinds
- Interconnection for IP voice and data services
- Reform or elimination of the forbearance process
All are in desperate need of attention. Notice that net neutrality is not on the list, even though it gets top billing everywhere else it seems. That's really the choice the FCC faces, do they roll up their sleeves and fix what's really broken or do they go for the photo op? Obama officially nominated Julius Genachowski for FCC Chairman yesterday, to nobody's surprise. Let's hope his sleeves get rolled up quickly.
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