Items tagged "Special Access"

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Public Knowledge Supports FCC Special Access Proceeding to Reduce Consumer Costs

April 28, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Special Access

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to increase competition in the high-speed business broadband “special access” market.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Verizon, INCOMPAS for Supporting Competition in Special Access Market

April 7, 2016 Broadband , Competition , FCC , Special Access , Tech Transitions

Today, Verizon Wireless and INCOMPAS, a trade association representing telecommunications companies, sent a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to adopt a permanent special access framework that accommodates new technology while encouraging the transition from legacy telecommunication services to internet protocol. Public Knowledge commends both Verizon and INCOMPAS for working together to craft a special access proposal that promotes competition and innovation in the marketplace.

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Public Knowledge Files Reply Comments in FCC Special Access Proceeding

February 20, 2016 FCC , Special Access

Today, Public Knowledge filed reply comments at the Federal Communications Commission in the agency’s special access proceeding. Comments were joined by Engine, Common Cause and the Open Technology Institute at New America. The FCC has been examining the special access marketplace for more than a decade. Public Knowledge urges the Commission to take swift action to reign in anticompetitive rates, terms, and conditions that harm businesses and consumers.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC Chairman Wheeler for Promoting Market Competition

October 6, 2014 Competition , FCC , IP Transition , Special Access

Today, Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission reaffirmed the need for increased competition in the telecommunications marketplace during a speech at COMPTEL PLUS, the Competitive Communications Association’s Fall conference in Dallas, Texas. In his speech, Chairman Wheeler focused on the issues of special access, VoIP interconnection, copper retirement and other network transition issues.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC On Special Access Inquiry

October 29, 2010 Press Release , Special Access

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“We are pleased that the FCC is moving ahead with a targeted data request to find the facts from a very distorted special access market that is overcharging business customers by an estimated $10 billion. The nature of the request encourages us to believe that the FCC is closing in on the key issues, and will be able to propose needed changes to promote competition and lower prices sooner rather than later.  We note that while the request is voluntary at this point, the FCC has the power to compel full and honest responses. We expect the FCC will use that authority if it doesn’t receive the information it needs.”

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

February 25, 2010 Broadband , Choke Points , Press Release , Special Access

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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Public Interest Groups Urge Quick FCC Action on Special Access

June 10, 2009 Broadband , Competition , Press Release , 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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BDS Reform: A No-Brainer for Both Businesses and Consumers

October 5, 2016 BDS , Business Data Services , FCC , Special Access

After a proceeding that has stretched on for more than a decade, the Federal Communications Commission’s largest ever data collection, and numerous delays, the fight over business data services (BDS) reform (previously referred to as “special access” reform) could be nearing its end. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has repeatedly promised the FCC is finally set to reform the BDS market this year by lowering the rates that monopoly phone companies can charge to businesses, institutions, and wireless carriers, and promoting new competition and market entry.

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Special Access Reform: Ten Years in the Making

March 22, 2016 FCC , Special Access

The “special access” market has been a significant focus for Tom Wheeler since he became Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission nearly three years ago. But it is by no means a new issue for the FCC agenda.

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The FCC Jump Starts Special Access (Again) and AT&T’s Disingenuous Response.

June 7, 2012 Deregulation , FCC , Special Access , Wireless , Wireline

Good news, the FCC has decides to one again reboot its seven year old proceeding on “special access.” Given that I have been flogging the FCC since 2006 to do something about this, with occasional reminders since then, I am obviously pleased. For those new to this, “special access” is the rate businesses and competitors to telcos pay to telcos for wholesale access to their telecommunications capacity. When you place a call over your Sprint or Cricket cell phone, the call goes to the tower.

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