This post was coauthored by Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS.
In an effort to move beyond a more than decade-long debate, INCOMPAS and Verizon sent a letter to the FCC today that recommends adopting a permanent policy framework for all dedicated services, including Ethernet services.
We agree that we need a new technology-neutral model – one that is legally sustainable, that recognizes the changes in the marketplace over the last ten years, that is flexible enough to accommodate new technology and new competitive circumstances going forward, and that will encourage the transition from legacy services to IP and more advanced communication services.
While we don’t agree on everything, and there is more work to be done, these principles are an important first step towards bringing an end to this proceeding and reflect a balanced approach that incorporates the concerns of both sides of this debate.
We hope that these principles help the FCC formulate this balanced approach as it concludes its work. We believe this agreement represents a significant break from the stalemates of the past, and moves the conversation forward into the future. A future that is better for customers, communities, and companies who depend on advanced networks—both wired and wireless.