The National Broadband Plan recommended that the Commission hold a “staff workshop to discuss the analytical framework the FCC should use to assess the effectiveness of its existing special access rules.”  Pursuant to that recommendation, the July 19, 2010 workshop will initiate an evaluation of the analytical framework proposals raised in the record and any associated data collection that would be required to implement such proposals.

The format of the workshop will be a facilitated debate led by Commission staff, and will include presentations by economists that filed comments in response to the Notice.  During the workshop, staff will solicit input from attendees on issues relating to special access, such as:

  • The analytical framework that should be used in analyzing the effectiveness of the existing special access regulations;
  • Specific proposals filed in the record and critiques of those proposals; and
  • The types of data that should be collected by the Commission to determine whether the current rules are working as intended.

The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305). Interested parties can participate by contacting Pamela Arluk or Margaret Dailey, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1520 (voice), or by e-mail Pamela.Arluk@fcc.gov or Margaret.Dailey@fcc.gov.

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