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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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Expert Opinion: Business as Usual Despite Departure of Universal Service Administrative Company CEO

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Although it is the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) that is charged with implementing the ambitious universal service policy goals set forth in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the “Act”), the FCC designated the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”), an independent, not-for-profit corporation, to administer the day-to-day operations of federal universal service. USAC bills…

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Panel Discusses Spectrum Auctions, Internet Protocol Transition, and Broadband Adoption as Key Technology Policy Areas

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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 – Spectrum policy, technology training and elevating the levels of broadband adoption and usage dominated a panel discussion here Wednesday, dubbed “The X-Factors of Tech Policy Today: Keeping Pace in the Broadband Race,” and hosted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. During the panel at the event, Rick…

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Start!Forum Meeting on June 12 Will Discuss Transition to an All-Internet Protocol Network — Event Co-Sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com

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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 – BroadbandBreakfast.com will co-sponsor the first annual Start!Forum, along with co-hosts the Voice Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). The Forum will be held at the Wiley Rein Conference Center, 1776 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, from 8:30…

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Get Out of the Business of Regulating Copper Wires, Say FCC Critics at Internet Protocol Event

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WASHINGTON, February 8, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission is not able to flexibly adapt to changed  circumstances in the communications world, according to officials participating in a January 30 panel on here the transition to internet protocol networks. With the topic in hand of the “retirement” of traditional copper wiress, and the regulatory paradigm…

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