There normally is a tension in the telecom business between policies that promote investment and policies that promote competition. The reason is simple enough. Competition leads to lower prices, lower profit margins and often lower gross revenues.
- only a single provider has BDS-capable facilities in the tract and therefore there currently is no choice of BDS provider;
- The tract has fewer than 10 BDS customers and therefore may not have sufficient demand to attract additional BDS providers;
- and no customer purchases fiber-based Ethernet access in the tract, suggesting that investment in modern packet-based networks may not be occurring.
The point is that investment incentives matter. And often, that means refraining from imposing rate regulations. In other cases, wholesale rules are perceived as making a difference.