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At Urging of Competify Coalition of Telecom Competitors, FCC Launches Inquiry of Broadband Business Services

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WASHINGTON, October 19, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it had launched an investigation into the broadband pricing plans of local exchange carriers AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier and Verizon Communications for so-called “special access services” of business data.

A coalition of competitive carriers and non-profit organizations dubbed Competify has been urging the inquiry, and praised Friday’s order by the agency’s Wireline Communications Bureau.

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“The incumbents use inherently anticompetitive lock-up plans – which only an entity with immense market power could impose – to charge businesses and anchor institutions excessive access rates that harm competition, restrain the deployment of competitive facilities, and impede the transition to next-generation services,” according to a statement released by the group.

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Frontier Telecommunications Company Buys Verizon Assets

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WASHINGTON, July 7, 2010 – Last week, Frontier Communications, which specializes in rural broadband, purchased land-line operations in 14 states from Verizon wireless, at a price of $5.3 billion.

Speaking about the significance of Frontier’s purchase, Executive Vice President Steve Crosby said, “”We understand and serve smaller communities. Verizon operates differently.”

The purchase of Verizon’s operations has made Frontier the largest rural telecommunications company currently operating in the United States. Frontier, which officially incorporated in 1965, projects revenues at $6 million, and serves over 4 million customers in 27 states.

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