San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – December 11, 2007 – Web host and national provider of integrated voice and data communications firm, Covad Communications Group, Inc., applauds the FCC’s decision to protect competition commissions, as it denies the Verizon forbearance petitions which sought to eliminate pro-competitive rules in major markets.
The decision on Verizon’s forbearance petitions would have affected 34 million Americans. By denying the petitions, the FCC acted to protect competitive choice in the Boston, MA, Providence, RI, New York City, NY, Virginia Beach, VA and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA markets.
Covad Communications Group, Inc. responded to the decision, with the following quote, attributed to Charles Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer: ”We are very pleased that the FCC has affirmed its longstanding policies in support of facilities-based competition by companies like Covad. This decision continues the regulatory stability that has allowed Covad to invest in new and innovative services for businesses and consumers across the country. In particular, Covad commends Chairman Martin and the commissioners for reviewing the facts on the ground and making the right choice. We also recognize the dedicated members of Congress who stood up in favor of competition throughout this process. This decision protects competitive choice, affordable rates, and product innovation for businesses and consumers from Virginia Beach to Boston.”
In addition, the FCC voted unanimously to begin a proceeding to establish rules and procedures to govern the consideration of forbearance petitions going forward.
Mr. Hoffman continued, ”With many in Congress and at the FCC expressing concerns about the procedural shortcomings of forbearance, I’m pleased that the Commission has taken this important step to establish rules of the road for future petitions. I’m hopeful the Commission will move quickly to finalize this rulemaking.”
A nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications, Covad offers DSL, Voice Over IP, T1, web hosting, managed security, IP and dial-up, wireless broadband, and bundled voice and data services directly through Covad’s network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. According to the company, as the first company to commercially deploy DSL in the United States, Covad has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a network that passes more than 57 million homes and businesses in 44 states – the largest nationwide footprint of any DSL company. Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles, San Jose, California 95134. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD.
To learn more Covad, please visit: www.covad.com.