Special Access Doublespeak

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I’m often struck by the doublespeak that takes place in DC and, particularly, at the FCC when companies come to the agency to argue that the Commission should regulate their competitors. The Special Access proceeding at the Commission is one of those special dockets that is a real breeding ground for what I like to…

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Choosing the Right Way

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In the hypercompetitive wireless market, mobile service providers are constantly pushing the envelope to bring better, faster and cheaper services to consumers. Such is the case with the ability to make voice calls over Wi-Fi networks, which enables consumers to make calls in areas that are challenging to serve, like deep indoors, underground and in…

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Time for Special Access

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Net neutrality clearly dominated the Congressional hearings last week.  But it wasn’t the only issue FCC Commissioners were asked about, and it’s also not the only issue that remains in limbo after nearly a decade.  Late last month marked the filing deadline for responses to the latest chapter in the FCC’s special access proceeding –…

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A Turning Point

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, USTelecom filed a petition requesting that the FCC declare that traditional phone companies  no longer possess market power when providing switched access services, or more plainly, “plain old telephone service” (POTS), and therefore are no longer subject to dominant carrier regulation under the Commission’s rules. Given the many ways all of us communicate with…

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Special Access Street Is Busy These Days

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T and others have been arguing for some time now that the marketplace for special access services, Special Access Street as I refer to it, is highly competitive and that data collected from all participants in the industry, not just the incumbent LECs, will demonstrate this fact.  To its credit the FCC initiated just such…

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Batter Up on Pole Attachments

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The FCC stepped up to the plate today to remove barriers to broadband infrastructure investment and lower the costs of broadband deployment, a key recommendation of the Commission’s National Broadband Plan.  It was a good day at the dish, but it looks as if this game is headed to extra-innings. As many of you know,…

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Miracle on Special Access Street

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Washington, D.C. telecom circles you no doubt have heard AT&T shout from the roof tops that the marketplace for special access services is very competitive.  But the NoChokePoints coalition has sought to discredit these claims by characterizing them like Kris Kringle’s in the holiday movie favorite Miracle on…

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Whispering Voices In the Field of Dreams

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In the movie Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice tell him, “If you build it he will come.” What does this have to do with telecom policy you ask? Everything. Carriers build communications infrastructure in much the same way – without the whispering voices at night of course. Facilities-based providers are…

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