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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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Could #ATTMobile Trial Be Only Act I?

September 22, 2011 AT&T , Special Access

U.S. Dist. Judge Ellen Huvelle made it clear yesterday she will be a strict traffic cop for the Justice Department’s (DoJ) challenge to AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile.  The trial will start next Feb. 13, splitting the difference between AT&T, which wanted a January start, and DoJ, which wanted March.

Regardless of how the Justice Department’s case comes out, however, one valuable lesson has already become clear.  This country is only one deal away, two at most, of seeing the emergence of a new-age telecommunications industrial trust with power not seen since the old Bell System was broken up.

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3G or 4G? Using Special Access to Impress People at Parties

June 2, 2010 Broadband , Choke Points , Competition , Special Access , Wireless

If you are a regular reader of this blog, there is a good chance that you are the type of person who gets questions about choosing cell phones from family, friends, and when you go to cocktail parties.  People probably ask for your opinion about this phone or that, or the merits of one carrier vs. another.

In the next few weeks you are probably going to be getting new questions about networks, specifically about 3G vs. 4G.  If you really want to blow the mind of the person asking you the question, you can tell that it may not matter.

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