FCC changes to data services could raise costs for rural areas, commissioner arg
APRIL 20, 2017 6:53 PM
FCC changes to data services could raise costs for rural areas, commissioner argues
BY DONOVAN HARRELL
Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn ripped the FCC’s decisions Thursday to soften regulations on business data services and to reinstate a rule that could increase TV station mergers.
Clyburn, a South Carolina native and Democrat, called the party-line vote on business data services an “all-out assault on America’s small businesses, schools and local economies.”
Business data services connections support rapid data transfers from ATMs and credit-card readers, according to a 2016 President Barack Obama-era proposal to lower prices for these services. The proposal was never approved.
The FCC’s vote marks a victory for large corporations such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., but could harm small businesses and communities.Baba OhReally, Pastiche, resist99 and 7 othersFanBoy, Punxsutawney, OzoneTom, jwirr, Art from Ark, glinda, Gryneos like this
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