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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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White Spaces, Special Access and mHealth: Last Week’s Policy Wrap Up

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WASHINGTON Tuesday June 12, 2012 – Last week the Federal Communications Commission moved forward with white spaces reform free of challenges from the microphone industry, they took on special access reform and held a meeting of experts to address the future of wireless mHealth innovation.  Broadbandbreakfast has some notes on each of these stories.  …

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Regulation of Special Access Market Unnessary, Says Phoenix Center

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The level of competition among special access providers in metropolitan areas has been an issue for a number of years. While some believe that simply allowing these providers to operate in a truly open market the problems would be solved, many others feel that the Federal Communications Commission should increase regulation. A recent paper by the Phoenix Center, “Market Definition and the Economic Effects of Special Access Price Regulation,” supports the deregulatory position.

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TPRC Panelists Discuss Backhaul Issues’ Impact on Broadband Expansion

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ARLINGTON, Va., September 25, 2009 – Mobile broadband is the fastest growing segment of the broadband market. According to Jonathan Banks, who directs policy development for the telecommunications industry association US Telecom, the number of wireless broadband users is expected to grow 130% between 2008 and 2012.

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