C’mon FCC, Take Your Thumb off the Scale

by Caroline Van Wie

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The FCC initiated a proceeding to review special access competition way back in 2012 for which it gathered a huge amount of data from incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and others (a whopping 120 million records making up more than 15 Gigabytes of data).  After reviewing this data, late last…

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Jim Cicconi Reflects on 20 Years Under 1996 Telecommunications Act

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Federal Communications Law Journal (FCLJ) has compiled 32 essays from people who were “involved in the Act’s drafting, implementation, and attendant legal challenges.”  Below is an excerpt from a piece written by Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:…

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What the Data Shows: Special Access is Not Very Special Any More

On Friday, Mother Nature willing, we will file our first set of comments analyzing the data submitted in the special access proceeding.  As a refresher course for the uninitiated, the special access services at issue here are not very special at all.  They are services sold mainly to businesses which provide pretty low speed data…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Tariff Investigation on Special Access

The following statement may be attributed to Frank Simone, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “According to Chairman Wheeler the need for FCC intervention decreases in a competitive marketplace. That’s why today’s designation order is so perplexing. Opening a tariff investigation on special access services is a step towards rate re-regulation in a space that…

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Competition, Competition, Competition

by Caroline Van Wie

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

“Competition, competition, competition” has been FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s rallying cry. Under his watch, the Commission’s approach has been, “When competition is high, regulation can be low.” He has stressed that, “[i]f the facts and data determine that a market is competitive, the need for FCC intervention decreases. I have zero interest in imposing new…

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The British are Coming (and This Time They Want Pricing Regulation)

The Financial Times (FT) ran a story recently highlighting British Telecom’s efforts to get the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to re-establish stricter rate regulation over special access services sold to business customers.   The essence of BT’s position was that BT was paying more for special access service than anywhere else in the western world and getting…

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Time for Special Access

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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If T-Mobile has a Beef, It Should File a Complaint

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

A few weeks ago, a group of advocates calling themselves “T-Mobile Petition Supporters” filed an ex parte purporting to show that the Commission should grant T-Mobile’s data roaming petition.  T-Mobile itself then weighed in with yet another letter in the record.  Neither filing offers anything new of substance, much less provides any basis to grant T-Mobile’s…

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Welcome to the World Of Title II Regulation

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Occasionally a proponent of Title II regulation of Internet access will ask, in effect, what’s so bad about Title II? What follows is a cautionary tale about the absence of regulatory certainty in the world of Title II regulation; a world into which so many net neutrality proponents want to throw the Internet.  I think…

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