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Background: Today, the FCC granted Public Knowledge's challenge to Verizon and SpectrumCo's designation of parts of their Joint Operating Entity ("JOE") Agreement as highly confidential, marking the documents as only confidential instead. The provisions at issue related to the governance structure of the JOE.
The following statement can be attributed to Jodie Griffin, Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge.
"We applaud the FCC for recognizing that Verizon and SpectrumCo have claimed highly confidential protection for parts of the agreements that did not deserve such protection. While we believe the sections establishing the governance of the JOE do not deserve confidentiality protection at all and should be made public, we are glad that the new lower level of protection will allow parties that could be affected by the transaction to more comprehensively review the documents.
"We are pleased that the FCC has resolved our challenge on the merits before the end of the proceeding, even though we wish they had done so sooner. By addressing these matters, the FCC will instill confidence in its procedures for parties appearing before it in the future."
The FCC Order can be found here [pdf].
Public Knowledge's confidentiality challenge can be found here.