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Released: July 31, 2013


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DA 13-1677

Released: July 31, 2013


WC Docket No. 05-25


New Comment Date: March 19, 2014
New Reply Comment Date: April 30, 2014

On December 11, 2012, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking requiring providers and purchasers of special access and certain entities providing
"best efforts" service to submit data and information for a comprehensive evaluation of the special access
market.1 In the Further Notice, the Commission sought comment on possible changes to its rules for
granting pricing flexibility for the special access services provided by incumbent local exchange carriers
in price cap areas; parties were expected to provide comments on rule changes after the Commission
collected data for the market analysis.2 The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) is working diligently
to implement the collection, which is contingent on the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB)
approval per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).3 The Bureau expects to begin collecting data towards
the end of this year or early next year after OMB approval is received.
Collection of the data is necessary before parties can comment on the questions posed in the
Further Notice. Accordingly, we extend the deadline for filing comments and reply comments so that

1 See Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers; AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking to Reform
Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access Services
, WC Docket No. 05-
25, RM-10593, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 27 FCC Rcd 16318 (2012) (Further
2 Id. at 16352, para. 80. Comments were due August 19, 2013; reply comments were due September 30, 2013. See
Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers; AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking to Reform
Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access Services
, 78 Fed. Reg. 2600
(Jan. 11, 2013).
3 Since the release of the Further Notice, the Bureau has met with industry about the adopted questions and received
comments during the initial phase of PRA review, which concluded on April 15, 2013. See Information
Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested
, 78 Fed. Reg.
9911 (Feb. 12, 2013). The Bureau also released a Public Notice on June 28, 2013, seeking comment on a draft
Protective Order for handling confidential information obtained by the collection. See Wireline Competition Bureau
Seeks Comment on Protective Order for Special Access Data Collection
, WC Docket No. 05-25, RM 10593, Public
Notice, DA 13-1470 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. June 28, 2013). Those comments were due on July 29, 2013. Id.

parties may prepare their comments after the data are collected and made available for review.4 The new
comment date is March 19, 2014, and the new reply comment date is April 30, 2014.
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact William Layton, Pricing Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 202-418-0868 or
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4 47 C.F.R. 0.91(m).

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