Chairman Wheeler Statement on Special Access Data Collection
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August 18, 2014
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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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