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The FCC’s Special Access Proposal Is Infected with Special Pleading

The Free State Foundation By Randolph J. May and Seth L. Cooper

Critical investment in next-generation broadband technologies is now threatened by new rate controls on special access services proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. “Business data services” (BDS) has replaced “special access” as the Commission’s new term for the broad class of advanced services targeted by its rate regulation proposal.

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Verizon Yesterday Versus Today: New Wires, Old Rules?

AT&T Public Policy Blog By AT&T Blog Team

As comments in the special access proceeding (oops, I mean Business Data Services proceeding) roll in, I thought I would put together a few sentences which accurately capture AT&T’s views on this proceeding:

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Is the FCC About to Put 5G Deployment in the Slow Lane?

NCTA Platform By Steve Morris

During a speech at the National Press Club last week, FCC Chairman Wheeler laid out a roadmap for how the U.S. can be the global leader in the next generation of wireless technology, 5G. The speech highlighted several steps the Commission intends to take over the coming months to pave the way for this new era of connectivity.

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Special Access Doublespeak

AT&T Public Policy Blog By Frank Simone

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 call “both sides of our mouth” (BSOM) advocacy. Whether it’s Verizon calling to regulate its cable competitors, BT arguing for lower special access rates than it charges its competitors in England, or Sprint-progeny Windstream arguing to re-regulate everyone’s retail rates but their own, this proceeding is a showcase for that special brand of BSOM advocacy.

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Building the Road to Fiber and 5G – Choosing the Right Policy Matters

USTelecom By Jon Banks

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to designate spectrum for 5G this summer, a step that will help establish America’s global leadership in next generation technologies. Meeting the 5G challenge will require building new fiber connections to thousands of 5G sites. Similarly, American businesses across the country need more fiber connections. To meet these challenges we will need FCC policies that incent companies to invest billions of dollars in the newest and fastest technologies, particularly fiber optic connections. To get to the right policies, the commission should pay particular attention to past strategies – both those that have worked and those that didn’t.

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