News - August 12, 2020

INCOMPAS: Ninth Circuit Decision is a Win for Competition and Broadband Deployment

WASHINGTON, DC (August 12, 2020) – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of policies implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will help speed local broadband and small cell deployment in local communities.

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, which represents small competitive builders, celebrated the court’s decision as it upheld the critical “one-touch, make-ready” policies that the association has long championed.

In response to the Court’s decision, Chip Pickering, INCOMPAS CEO, released the following statement:

“Now more than ever, local communities need faster, better, and more affordable internet.  The Ninth Circuit’s decision today takes millions of neighborhoods one big step closer to bringing more competition to town.

“By upholding the ‘one-touch, make-ready’ deployment policies that our association has long championed, the court is giving the green light to new builders and helping to clear the deck of potential anti-competitive roadblocks that hold back 5G.  

“We wish to congratulate the FCC, including Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr, who helped lead this fight. We hope today’s victory leads to a new era of competition and partnership with cities, towns and local communities that want to move their communities into a better broadband future.”

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, is the leading trade group advocating for competition policy across all networks. INCOMPAS represents Internet, streaming, communications and technology companies large and small, advocating for laws and policies that promote competition, innovation and economic development. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter: @INCOMPAS @ChipPickering