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CenturyLink Verizon Business Data Services Feud Erupts

Joan Engebretson By Telecompetitor

A CenturyLink Verizon business data services feud arose today, with CenturyLink accusing Verizon of “doubletalk” on the issue of business data services (BDS) competition. It’s a topic that is being intensely debated as the FCC considers whether to impose price controls in this market, which includes a wide range of wholesale data services.

CenturyLink notes in a press release that in filings made jointly with competitive carrier association Incompas, Verizon has argued that competition is lacking in the BDS market. But, according to CenturyLink, that point of view is contradicted in a white paper that Verizon submitted in support of its planned acquisition of XO Communications, a competitive provider of BDS services.

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CenturyLink: Verizon Wants It Both Ways on BDS

Broadcasting & Cable By John Eggerton

CenturyLink says Verizon is trying to have it both ways on the competitiveness of the business broadband market, and thus the need for potential new rate regulations.

In a letter to the FCC, CenturyLink pointed out that stumping for its purchase of XO Communications, Verizon included an economic study entitled “Whitepaper on the effect of Verizon’s XO acquisition on business data services.”

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CenturyLink: Verizon Engaging in ‘Double Talk’ on Special Access Competition

Channel Partners By Edward Gately

CenturyLink says Verizon is engaging in “double talk” while proposing expanded price caps on the business data services (BDS) or “special access” market.

In a letter this week to the Federal Communications Commission, CenturyLink said Verizon made the proposal because of a “supposed lack of competition in this market.”

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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.”

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AT&T Lectures Google Fiber About Challenges of Broadband Investment

Ars Technica By Jon Brodkin

AT&T celebrated Google Fiber’s reported struggles yesterday by publishing a blog post lecturing its competitor about the difficulties of broadband investment. AT&T also criticized Google for seeking favors from the government – something AT&T would never do, of course.

The blog post is titled “Broadband investment: Not for the faint of heart” and is written by AT&T VP Joan Marsh, who manages AT&T’s regulatory interests at the federal government. It provides a timeline of Google investment in broadband infrastructure starting with a bid on spectrum in 2007, saying that the company has never lived up to its grand ambitions. The latest example is Google Fiber, which has reportedly fallen well short of subscriber goals and may be downsizing. (Google hasn’t confirmed or denied the reports of impending layoffs.)

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