Entries Matching: Special Access

Public Knowledge Asks FCC To Protect Consumers In Underlying Telecom Service Market

Background: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to figure out how to examine the market for some of the most popular telecom services used by big business – so-called “special access” services.

Public Knowledge (PK) late Feb. 24 called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make certain that consumer interests are taken into account into as it examines the structure of a market that sells its services to big business.

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DOJ Investigation of Telecoms: Not Your Father’s Antitrust.


Although the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) has not confirmed it, the Wall St. Journal reported that DOJ is internally considering whether or not companies "such as AT&T and Verizon" have abused their market power. Most traditional antitrust lawyers I've seen quoted don't think it likely the telcos have market power -- especially given the hostility that courts have recently shown to antitrust. Indeed, in a world where even potential competition is supposed to be part of the market analysis, how can a modest 60% of the wireless market shared by the two companies, with no evidence of price fixing or coordinated behavior, support any sort of antitrust action?

Welcome to the more grown up and sophisticated view of market power in the more complex real world.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Quick FCC Action on Special Access

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should act quickly to regulate the market for telecommunications services used by big businesses, competitive carriers and Internet Service Providers, three public interest groups told the Commission.

In a June 10 letter, Public Knowledge, the New America Foundation and Media Access Project urged the Commission to turn down a request from the telecommunications industry for yet another data request on the special access markets.

"Letter to FCC Acting Chairman Copps re Special Access for Price Rates for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers"

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