This first Communications Marketplace Report fulfills the requirement set forth in RAY BAUM'S Act of 2018 to streamline the Commission's numerous public reports into a single document providing a comprehensive evaluation of the state of communications in the United States. As Section I of the Report explains, Title IV of that Act directs the Commission to publish in the last quarter of every even-numbered year "a report on the state of the communications marketplace." In total, this streamlining has eliminated or materially modified 10 separate regularly recurring Commission reports to Congress and consolidated most of the data required by those reports into this single comprehensive report.
Section II of the Report addresses the requirement that the Commission assess the state of competition in the communications marketplace, including a discussion of barriers to competitive entry, including market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses. It also assesses the state of deployment of communications capabilities and presents data related to the various markets and discussions of intermodal competition, as required by RAY BAUM'S Act.
Section III describes the significant steps the Commission has taken over the previous two years to close the digital divide, enhance competition and encourage the deployment of communications services. Section IV describes the agenda of the Commission for the next 2-year period for addressing challenges and opportunities in the communications marketplace.
Year-end 2018 updates to certain data contained within this Report were released Feb. 20, 2020.