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Apr 22 -- The FCC Office of Economics & Analytics seeks comment on the State of Competition in the Communications Marketplace by June 6, 2024.

In the last quarter of every even numbered year, the Commission must publish a Communications Marketplace Report that, among other things, “assess[es] the state of competition in the communications marketplace, including competition to deliver voice, video, audio, and data services among providers of telecommunications, providers of commercial mobile service (as defined in section 332 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act)), multichannel video programming distributors (as defined in section 602 of the Act), broadcast stations, providers of satellite communications, Internet service providers, and other providers of communications services.” In assessing the state of competition, the Commission must consider all forms of competition, including “the effect of intermodal competition, facilities-based competition, and competition from new and emergent communications services.” The Commission must also “assess whether laws, regulations, regulatory practices (whether those of the Federal Government, States, political subdivisions of States, Indian [T]ribes or [T]ribal organizations . . . , or foreign governments), or demonstrated marketplace practices pose a barrier to competitive entry into the communications marketplace or to the competitive expansion of existing providers of communications services.”

The Commission adopted the first Communications Marketplace Report (2018 Communications Marketplace Report) on December 12, 2018, which reflected the state of the communications marketplace primarily as of year-end 2017. The Commission adopted the most recent Communications Marketplace Report (2022 Communications Marketplace Report) on December 30, 2022, which reflected the state of the communications marketplace primarily as of year-end 2021.

This Public Notice seeks public input to inform the Commission’s required assessment of the state of competition in the communications marketplace in its upcoming Communications Marketplace Report (2024 Communications Marketplace Report) to Congress. Specifically, we seek data, information, and comment on a wide range of issues relevant to the state of competition in the communications marketplace as a whole. We request that commenters submit information, data, and statistics for 2022 and 2023, as well as information on any notable trends and developments that have occurred during early 2024. Industry stakeholders, the public, and all other interested parties are encouraged to submit information, comments, and analyses. To facilitate analysis of competitive trends, parties should submit relevant current and historic data that are comparable over time.

Topics on which comments are invited -- Fixed Broadband, Mobile Wireless, Voice, Video, Audio, Satellite Communications, International Broadband Data, and Bridging the Digital Divide.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/comment-sought-state-competition-communications-marketplace-0

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