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CenturyLink, Frontier Say Special Access Proposals from Verizon/Incompas and FCC Will Hurt Network Investments

FierceTelecom By Sean Buckley

CenturyLink and Frontier argued the FCC and the joint Verizon/Incompas special access proposals will do more harm than good to traditional ILECs by creating an unfavorable investment environment.

In an FCC filing (PDF), the pair said that the various special access proposals “do not synch with market realities and would produce results that would be deeply harmful to investment in American broadband connectivity.”

Verizon and Incompas submitted new pricing reforms and a competitive market test proposal to the FCC to consider as the regulator completes their analysis of the business data services (BDS) market in August.

After the pair submitted their initial proposal to the FCC in April, Verizon and Incompas in June outlined eight additional elements that they said provided a framework for BDS. This latest proposal builds on that framework, they said.

Due to an uncertain return on investment, CenturyLink and Frontier claimed that ILECs and other potential market entrants lack “incentive to invest in new areas.”

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