ASCENT Responds to H.R. 1542 'It Makes No Sense'

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Association of Communications Enterprises

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the passage of H.R.
 1542, "The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act" by the House
 Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the following statement
 can be attributed to Ernest B. Kelly, III, president of the Association of
 Communications Enterprises (ASCENT).
 
     "From an industry standpoint, it makes no sense. After 5 years of opposing
 and hindering competition in local service through legal challenges,
 regulatory delaying tactics, and pure resistance to working with competitors,
 the BOCs are being rewarded with the prospect of new monopoly privileges in
 the emerging broadband market. Every consumer, every user of
 telecommunications services, every competitor in this industry and everyone
 who provides products and services to competitors would be hurt by this bill."
     "From a political perspective it also makes no sense. The members of the
 House Commerce Committee are being forced to walk the plank on the issue of
 competition in the communications industry on a bill that will never be passed
 into law. Every one of them will be branded for this Congress as either pro-
 competitors or pro-incumbents based on their vote on this bill. There is no
 middle ground when you tear the heart and soul out of the '96 Telecom Act."
 
     Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) --
 http://www.ascent.org -- is the leading trade organization of entrepreneurial
 communications firms and their suppliers. ASCENT member companies provide a
 full range of communications services utilizing narrowband, broadband and
 wireless technologies. They share a common desire for new business
 opportunities, technological innovation, managerial excellence, and adherence
 to high ethical standards. ASCENT's mission is to open all communications
 markets to full and fair competition and to help member companies design and
 implement successful business plans. Formerly the Telecommunications Resellers
 Association (TRA), ASCENT was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C.
 
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SOURCE Association of Communications Enterprises
    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the passage of H.R.
 1542, "The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act" by the House
 Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the following statement
 can be attributed to Ernest B. Kelly, III, president of the Association of
 Communications Enterprises (ASCENT).
 
     "From an industry standpoint, it makes no sense. After 5 years of opposing
 and hindering competition in local service through legal challenges,
 regulatory delaying tactics, and pure resistance to working with competitors,
 the BOCs are being rewarded with the prospect of new monopoly privileges in
 the emerging broadband market. Every consumer, every user of
 telecommunications services, every competitor in this industry and everyone
 who provides products and services to competitors would be hurt by this bill."
     "From a political perspective it also makes no sense. The members of the
 House Commerce Committee are being forced to walk the plank on the issue of
 competition in the communications industry on a bill that will never be passed
 into law. Every one of them will be branded for this Congress as either pro-
 competitors or pro-incumbents based on their vote on this bill. There is no
 middle ground when you tear the heart and soul out of the '96 Telecom Act."
 
     Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) --
 http://www.ascent.org -- is the leading trade organization of entrepreneurial
 communications firms and their suppliers. ASCENT member companies provide a
 full range of communications services utilizing narrowband, broadband and
 wireless technologies. They share a common desire for new business
 opportunities, technological innovation, managerial excellence, and adherence
 to high ethical standards. ASCENT's mission is to open all communications
 markets to full and fair competition and to help member companies design and
 implement successful business plans. Formerly the Telecommunications Resellers
 Association (TRA), ASCENT was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C.
 
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