COMPTEL Applauds FCC Chairman Wheeler for Opening Inquiry Into Internet Traffic Exchange and Internet Congestion
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Competitive Telecommunications Association issued the following news release:
Today during a press conference, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he has directed Commission staff to conduct a broad inquiry into Internet traffic exchange and Internet congestion between ISPs and content providers.
The following statement can be attributed to Chip Pickering, CEO of COMPTEL, the leading trade association for the competitive communications industry:
"COMPTEL commends the Chairman for the initiation of an inquiry into the Internet traffic exchange practices of broadband Internet access providers and other networks and services. Consumers should receive the Internet services they pay for, and it is appropriate for the Commission to review the marketplace when that is not happening.
We believe it is critical to recognize, however, that access to an Open Internet is dependent on Internet traffic exchange practices. Thus, the Commission's review should be used to inform the Open Internet proceeding, and the Commission should address any harmful Internet traffic exchange practices in that proceeding."
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