The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has published its second 2020 Communications Marketplace Report, which assesses the state of competition in the communications industry, including competition to deliver voice, video, audio and data services among various providers. The report also is purposed with assessing whether laws and regulations are conducive to a competitive marketplace or pose a barrier to market entry. This marks the second such report adopted by the Commission, fulfilling the requirements set forth in the RAY BAUM’s Act of 2018.
In the report, the Commission noted that mobile wireless service connections have grown by 2 to 5 percent since the end of 2017. In terms of fixed services, connections capable of 100 Mbps have increased by a factor of six since 2015. Additionally, the report illustrates a downtrend in subscribership for multichannel video programming distributors, whom lost 6.4 million subscribers between 2018 and 2019.