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Chairman Wheeler Statement on Special Access Data Collection

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Released: August 18, 2014
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

August 18, 2014

Kim Hart, 202-418-8191

Email: kim.hart@fcc.gov

STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON

OMB APPROVAL OF SPECIAL ACCESS DATA COLLECTION

On Friday, the Office of Management and Budget approved a plan to collect data from providers and

purchasers of special access service for the purpose of conducting a comprehensive evaluation of

competition in the marketplace. Special access lines are dedicated high-capacity connections used by

businesses and institutions to transmit voice and data traffic. Special access services are widely used to

transport massive amounts of voice and data traffic from cell phone towers and buildings, as well as

carry transactions from ATM machines and credit card readers.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued this statement:

“Special access service has become increasingly important in the digital economy, enabling businesses

large and small to connect to their customers around the globe. Consistent with the terms of OMB’s

approval, we will move forward with data collection and fact-based analysis that will help the

Commission better understand competition in this marketplace, and the impact on consumers as we

pursue the Commission’s statutory mandate to ensure special access services are provided at reasonable

rates and on reasonable terms and conditions.”

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