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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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Netflix To Begin Streaming CBS Shows

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WASHINGTON, February 24, 2011 – The online video service, Netflix, and television network, CBS, announced a deal Tuesday that will bring selected CBS shows to Netflix’ online video library by April of this year.

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AT&T, NCTA Seek Clarification From FCC On Level 3 Dispute

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WASHINGTON, February 16, 2011 – The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and AT&T submitted a letter Monday to the FCC asking that the Commission to clarify its recently announced net neutrality rules as they relate to backbone internet services.

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A History of Network Neutrality

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WASHINGTON, October 11, 2010 – The issue of network neutrality is one that has become an increasing problem around the globe. In the United States, the problem became more of an issue with the rise of cable and DSL service.

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Commerce Unveils 23 Grants Totaling $160 Million

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WASHINGTON, Mar. 4, 2010 – The Commerce Department this week announced 23 broadband grants across the nation totaling more than $160 million.

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Broadband People Column: New Faces on FCC’s National Broadband Team

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WASHINGTON, November 13, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission this week named David Isenberg and Mohit Kaushaul as the latest members of its broadband team. The group is being led by Blair Levin, a former telecom analyst, who has been charged with crafting the FCC’s national broadband plan.

“The plan is due for delivery to Congress on February 17, 2010. Everybody working on the plan takes this date very seriously. The work will continue after this; how long I stay at the FCC after February 17 is anybody’s guess at this point,” wrote Isenberg in a blog entry.

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