The Small Company Coalition (SCC) is an alliance of rural telecommunications and broadband providers formed to educate and empower small rural ILECs on methods to influence and eliminate harmful regulations and legislation. We endeavor to influence and revise regulations and legislation that would impede our ability to provide advanced telecommunications service to our communities. The SCC, which is an initiative led by small company executives, strives to ensure that the voice of small companies is heard by those who have a genuine interest in protecting and enhancing the communication service needs of rural Americans.
If you would like to join the SCC, please fill out the SCC Agreement form and send it to JJKail@lhtot.com
Over the next few years, a large percentage of small companies across the nation will either be driven into bankruptcy or forced to merge. As these small companies close their doors, connectivity to wireless tower sites will go dark, causing wireless customers to lose service along with wireline customers in rural areas. With mergers, the larger entity tends to keep more money for new construction in the urban areas, allowing rural networks to deteriorate.
Emergency 911 services may no longer exist for some rural consumers.
Well-paying jobs will be lost in the rural communities served by the small companies in spite of the questionable claim by the FCC that the Order will create 500,000 additional jobs. The economic development efforts of these communities will come to an abrupt end with no broadband to attract new businesses and new residents. Hundreds of schools, several colleges, and a host of healthcare providers will, over time, lose their lifeline to the Internet.
The rural broadband network will deteriorate in spite of the FCC's claim that the Order will result in 7 million new rural customers connected to the broadband network over the next six years.
Small companies will be forced to default on RUS loans that were used to finance the deployment of the rural broadband networks.
Rural customers will experience substantial rate increases which are mandated by the FCC, despite its claim that "for the vast majority of consumers, rates should decline or stay the same".
Many new regulatory filings and certification requirements will be imposed on small companies resulting in significant increases in what is already an over-burdened FCC oversight process.
|SCC Executive Committee Member, James J Kail, interview on Rural TV, gives updates concerning the effect federal regulations have had on rural telecommunications and broadband providers.|
December 13, 2013
|SCC/Alexicon Consultant, Vincent Weimer, interview on Rural TV, concerning the effect federal regulations have had on rural telecommunications and broadband providers. |
July 16, 2013
|Doug Kitch of Alexicon at the SCC Staff Briefing |
June 27, 2013