Mehlman on Special Access Success

Our Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman penned an op-ed for Multichannel News on how increased competition in Special Access is active proof that the free market is working. An excerpt: [I]n a smooth functioning market, there will be many providers offering a variety of options, including different options based on speed. Not...

Mehlman on Special Access

At Fierce Telecom, our Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman has an op-ed examining complaints from competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) about the transition to all-IP networks. An excerpt: It never really made sense to me why special access customers—primarily business customers—would want to (or should) be stuck with decades-old technology rather than...

Mehlman on Special Access

Over at Fierce Telecom, our Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman responds to a recent article on the Huffington Post claiming special access is a monopoly market. Here’s a taste: I’m not quite sure what the author was trying to convey; however, I do know that special access is no secret. It’s a...

IIA Statement on FCC’s Special Access Data Collection Order

FCC’s Special Access Data Collection Order Is Necessary to Shed Light on Today’s Highly Competitive Marketplace Today’s Special Access Market Is Quickly Leaving Outdated, TDM-Based Technology Behind – It’s Time for the FCC to Refocus its Priorities for America on How Best to Make the Transition to Next-Generation IP Networks...

The FCC’S Special Access Order is Premature

For years the FCC has said that it does not have adequate data to evaluate competition and infrastructure investment in the special access market, and as pointed out by Commissioner Robert McDowell, it has ignored “calls from Members of Congress, commissioners, industry and civil society for a comprehensive data collection...

Halting Deregulation of Special Access Will Slow Transition to Next-generation Networks

Yesterday along a 3-2 party-line vote, the FCC opted to suspend a thirteen-year-old special access regulatory framework without an adequate evidentiary record or market analysis. For would-be investors, innovators and entrepreneurs, government has once again injected uncertainty into the broadband marketplace, undermining a forward transition across the country to IP-based...

Special Access Could Point Way Toward President’s Goal of Digital America

The FCC got it right this week by continuing a Clinton administration policy that removes price regulation for so-called “special access” business services in markets where strong competition exists. Specifically, by allowing several pending petitions to take effect yesterday, the Commission green lighted pricing flexibility for special access lines operated...