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FCC Issues Comprehensive Data Request in Special Access Proceeding

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Released: September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253

FCC Issues Comprehensive Data Request in Special Access Proceeding

Collecting Critical Information--Including on Packet-Based Services--To Ensure Policies Are

Promoting Effective Competition in Business Broadband Market; Key to Jobs, Economic Growth

Washington, D.C. Taking another important step in its business broadband agenda, the FCC today
asked for key information regarding the special access market--services that link cell phone towers, carry
data to the Internet, and serve high-volume business customers. These dedicated, high-capacity links are
offered by local telephone companies and purchased by businesses and competitive communications
providers. The National Broadband Plan recognized that special access services play a significant role in
the availability and pricing of broadband services and recommended that the FCC take steps to ensure
that special access rates, terms, and conditions are just and reasonable.
In the Public Notice (PN) released today, the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau requested detailed data
on special access prices, revenues, and expenditures. The request includes information on services such as
DS1 and DS3 services, as well as packet-based services such as Ethernet. The PN also seeks data about
the nature of terms and conditions for special access services.
Gathering this data is the next critical step in the FCC's review of whether special access rates, terms, and
conditions are just and reasonable.
Docket No: 05-25
Staff contact: Andrew Mulitz at 202-418-0827

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