Policy Initiatives

INCOMPAS advocates before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the White House, and regularly builds coalitions among members, other trade associations, and public interest and consumer organizations to achieve our policy goals:
Promoting Broadband Competition
INCOMPAS represents competitive broadband companies that are building networks of the future, including fiber and mobile networks that connect residences, businesses, and community anchor institutions, such as schools and hospitals. INCOMPAS has been active in promoting the growth of next generation networks through pro-competition policies that have unleashed trillions of dollars in investment, and will pave the way for the critical deployment of fiber and 5G.  We are the leading trade association to advance competitive access to poles, ducts, and conduits in an effort to lower the barriers to fiber broadband and 5G deployment.  At the FCC, we have successfully advanced more reasonable pole attachment policies and fees for competitors. We support dig-once and touch-once policies, streamlining timelines and implementing cost-based, reasonable fees to accelerate wireline and wireless broadband deployment, and ending monopoly agreements for multi-tenant units. We also are leading the effort to raise broadband speed benchmark up to a 1 Gigabit standard—the speed competitors are deploying.

In the fall of 2020, INCOMPAS released a broadband roadmap for policy makers looking to access federal funds and attract private investment for broadband deployment. The paper entitled Broadband Blueprint: How to Achieve Universal Availability calls for Congress to act and make $100 billion in federal funding available to local communities. It also introduces six principles for states and local communities looking to kick-start their deployment efforts. These six principles include:
  • Add networks, not fees
  • Streamline deployment
  • Internet for all
  • Better data/maps
  • Competition for funding
  • Future proof networks

Promoting an Open Internet and Over-The-Top (OTT) Competition
Our policies make the streaming and cloud revolution possible. During the FCC's reconsideration of its Open Internet policy framework, and in certain mergers, we have been the leading voice for consumer access to the content and services of their choice.  Strong net neutrality policies have brought more choice, faster speeds, and lower prices. Main street businesses are migrating to the cloud in record numbers, and the streaming industry is investing billions into new, creative content—this is competition. INCOMPAS supports the no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization rules, and a conduct standard and interconnection practices that are just and reasonable.  Our members have come together to support the Open Internet based on their common interest in ensuring that consumers have access to the services and content on this transformational platform. INCOMPAS has long supported and defended the FCC’s oversight of the Open Internet, and we also are working in Congress towards a permanent legislative solution to save net neutrality.

Mergers and Consolidation
INCOMPAS has successfully represented its members’ views with respect to the Comcast/Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter/TWC/Bright House, and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. We review large mergers with our members and strategically determine which mergers we should oppose and in which merger proceeding to file comments. In both the Charter and AT&T reviews, the conditions on interconnection were a direct result of INCOMPAS’ advocacy. After the Charter merger conditions were released, INCOMPAS published INTERCONNECTION: The First Amendment of Networks; The Facts on Internet Interconnection and Traffic Exchange—FCC Open Internet Policy and Recent Merger Conditions Benefit Consumers.  Furthermore, our advocacy and media campaign on the Comcast/TWC merger were successful in the push to stop that merger altogether. 
Other FCC Proceedings and Related Competitive Issues
We’ve also worked on a number of proceedings with our members that are important to their businesses. We have had active coalitions working on a wide range of issues under consideration at the FCC, including:
  • Robocalls and IP voice interconnection
  • Call authentication and completion
  • Nationwide number portability
  • Telephone Access Charges
  • Video programming competition
  • Broadband Privacy
  • USF reforms, including E-rate and Rural Health Care programs, and USF Contribution reform
  • Section 230