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Report reignites fight over special access rates
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 26 January 2009 12:34

President Obama's economic stimulus plan includes $6 billion for broadband, and Sprint and other wireless companies are using it to argue that special access rates for high-speed digital networks owned by AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest are too high.

By Matthew Lasar | Last updated January 26, 2009 9:35

While Congress debates the $6 billion dollar boost to broadband included in President Obama's stimulus package, there's an even tougher issue facing lawmakers and regulators: what to do about the enormous leverage that the nation's three dominant telcos have over special access rates--the wholesale prices that Verizon, AT&T, and Qwest charge cell phone companies and smaller carriers pay for entree to their high-speed digital circuits.

A new study suggests that the Federal Communications Commission's methods don't accurately measure the degree to which any real competition exists for the kind of circuit line services wireless companies and enterprise computing-dependent businesses rely on. It's not the first time that concerned parties have pointed this out. But outfits like Sprint are piggybacking on the report, complaining that special access rates are too high and touting reform as a big component of economic stimulus. [ARS Technica]    [Comments...]
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