Are business data services deemed competitive in your county? The FCC has a list to let you know

The FCC just released a list of counties they have deemed competitive and not- competitive.

Because it’s shorter I’ll start with MN counties deemed non-competitive:

  1. 27001 MN Aitkin County
  2. 27013 MN Blue Earth County
  3. 27043 MN Faribault County
  4. 27085 MN McLeod County
  5. 27107 MN Norman County
  6. 27125 MN Red Lake County
  7. 27129 MN Renville County

Here is the definition of competitive

The FCC’s business data services plan puts in place a competition test for counties that deems them competitive if half the locations with demand for the services have a competitive provider located within at least half a mile or if 75 percent of the census blocks have the presence of a cable provider, Pai has said.

This is a recap of what the FCC has done in areas that are deemed competitive …

In defining the scope of the BDS product market, the FCC assessed which services are sufficiently similar to qualify as substitutes for one another, focusing especially on differences in price, quality, and service capability.  The Commission examined circuit-based BDS, packet-based BDS, Ethernet over Hybrid-Fiber Coax, “best-efforts” Internet access services, unbundled network elements, dark fiber, satellite services, and fixed wireless services.  The Commission also defined the relevant geographic market as being a distance of one mile.  After examining a number of factors relating to market entry, the Commission:

  • Removed price cap or any other type of pricing regulation on packet-switched BDS and also on TDM-based BDS providing services in excess of DS3 bandwidth levels;

  • Removed price cap or other type of pricing regulation on transport services;

  • Adopted a competitive market test that dictates on a county-by-county basis whether it will retain price cap regulation for incumbent DS1 and DS3 end user channel termination services in counties deemed non-competitive, subject to review of non-competitive counties after a three-year period.  That test adopted is whether 50 percent of the locations with BDS demand in the county are within a half mile of a location served by a competing provider or, alternatively, 75 percent of the census blocks in the county have a cable provider present;

  • Declined to adopt ex ante price regulation for wholesale BDS (no general pricing rules for wholesale service or mandates about the relative prices of wholesale and retail BDS);

  • Eliminated permissive detariffing of BDS by competitive carriers and after a six-month transition, eliminates mandatory tariffing for incumbent providers for BDS in competitive counties; after a 36-month transition period that commences on the effective date of the BDS Order (60 days after publication in the Federal Register) during which tariffing will be permissive for incumbents;

  • Refrained from adopting ex ante pricing regulations for the relationship between wholesale and retail rates for BDS;

  • Clarified the continued applicability of Sections 201 and 202 to BDS services, and the availability of Section 208 complaints as a primary enforcement mechanism to ensure BDS rates are just, reasonable, and not unreasonably discriminatory;  and

  • Clarified that BDS is not inherently a common carrier service and specifically found that select competitive BDS offerings constitute private carriage offerings.

Here are the Minnesota counties deemed competitive:

  1. 27003 MN Anoka County
  2. 27005 MN Becker County
  3. 27007 MN Beltrami County
  4. 27009 MN Benton County
  5. 27011 MN Big Stone County
  6. 27015 MN Brown County
  7. 27017 MN Carlton County
  8. 27019 MN Carver County
  9. 27021 MN Cass County
  10. 27023 MN Chippewa County
  11. 27025 MN Chisago County
  12. 27027 MN Clay County
  13. 27029 MN Clearwater County
  14. 27031 MN Cook County
  15. 27033 MN Cottonwood County
  16. 27035 MN Crow Wing County
  17. 27037 MN Dakota County
  18. 27039 MN Dodge County
  19. 27041 MN Douglas County
  20. 27045 MN Fillmore County
  21. 27047 MN Freeborn County
  22. 27049 MN Goodhue County
  23. 27051 MN Grant County
  24. 27053 MN Hennepin County
  25. 27055 MN Houston County
  26. 27057 MN Hubbard County
  27. 27059 MN Isanti County
  28. 27061 MN Itasca County
  29. 27063 MN Jackson County
  30. 27065 MN Kanabec County
  31. 27067 MN Kandiyohi County
  32. 27069 MN Kittson County
  33. 27071 MN Koochiching County
  34. 27073 MN Lac qui Parle County
  35. 27075 MN Lake County
  36. 27077 MN Lake of the Woods County
  37. 27079 MN Le Sueur County
  38. 27081 MN Lincoln County
  39. 27083 MN Lyon County
  40. 27087 MN Mahnomen County
  41. 27089 MN Marshall County
  42. 27091 MN Martin County
  43. 27093 MN Meeker County
  44. 27095 MN Mille Lacs County
  45. 27097 MN Morrison County
  46. 27099 MN Mower County
  47. 27101 MN Murray County
  48. 27103 MN Nicollet County
  49. 27105 MN Nobles County
  50. 27109 MN Olmsted County
  51. 27111 MN Otter Tail County
  52. 27113 MN Pennington County
  53. 27115 MN Pine County
  54. 27117 MN Pipestone County
  55. 27119 MN Polk County
  56. 27121 MN Pope County
  57. 27123 MN Ramsey County
  58. 27127 MN Redwood County
  59. 27131 MN Rice County
  60. 27133 MN Rock County
  61. 27135 MN Roseau County
  62. 27137 MN St. Louis County
  63. 27139 MN Scott County
  64. 27141 MN Sherburne County
  65. 27143 MN Sibley County
  66. 27145 MN Stearns County
  67. 27147 MN Steele County
  68. 27149 MN Stevens County
  69. 27151 MN Swift County
  70. 27153 MN Todd County
  71. 27155 MN Traverse County
  72. 27157 MN Wabasha County
  73. 27159 MN Wadena County
  74. 27161 MN Waseca County
  75. 27163 MN Washington County
  76. 27165 MN Watonwan County
  77. 27167 MN Wilkin County
  78. 27169 MN Winona County
  79. 27171 MN Wright County
  80. 27173 MN Yellow Medicine County
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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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