NRRI Study Finds Fault in FCC’s ‘Special Access’ Methodology

January 23, 2009

The National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) today released a study on “special access,” which refers to dedicated, high-capacity telecommunications circuits that connect customers to carriers. The report was commissioned by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). The following is a joint statement by COMPTEL and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA):

“As did the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the NRRI study has found fault in the FCC’s method for determining the existence of competition in the special access market. The FCC should heed NRRI’s recommendation ‘to reset the special access rates of AT&T, Qwest, and Verizon,’ considering, as NRRI suggests, the reestablishment of price caps for special access services sold by these three carriers and the anticompetitive effect of some terms and conditions imposed by these carriers.”

MEDIA CONTACTS

COMPTEL: Margaret Boles, (202)296-6650, [email protected]

CCIA: Heather Greenfield, (202) 783-0070, [email protected]

About COMPTEL

Based in Washington, D.C., COMPTEL is the leading industry association representing competitive communications

service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological

innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings and the development and

deployment of next-generation, IP-based networks and services. COMPTEL advances its members’ interests through

trade shows, networking, education, and policy advocacy before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and

the courts. COMPTEL works to ensure that competitive communications providers can continue to offer lower prices,

better service, and greater innovation to consumers. For more information, visit www.comptel.org.

 

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