The argument of some CLECs that we need to preserve the old technologies (really, preserve the CLECs' business models) for the benefit of special access customers is starting to fall apart. And it's falling apart without government intervention, through the use of private, market-based agreements.
Despite reports that special access is somehow a secret monopoly, today's reality is that the business market served by special access services is robustly competitive--and many Americans (including businesses) have already abandoned it.
AT&T's desire to eliminate pricing discounts on special access contracts that are longer than three years now faces its latest challenge from CompSouth, an association of CLECs serving business customers in the Southeast.
FierceTelecom is counting down the story lines that shaped the telecom industry in 2013. From special access battles to new networking standards, find out what issues dominated the headlines.
The FCC is halting AT&T's request to stop offering long-term contracts and the associated discounts on TDM-based special access circuits it sells to CLECs and wireless operators, at least for five months.
tw telecom, one of the largest competitive service providers, followed the route of other CLECs and asked the FCC to deny AT&T's proposal to eliminate certain long-term contracts that offer pricing discounts on TDM-based special access circuits it uses to connect business customers to its network.
Windstream is the latest service provider to ask the FCC to take a closer look at AT&T's proposal to eliminate discounts for five-year and longer term plans for its TDM-based special access services.
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AT&T is putting plans on hold to increase charges for special access services after facing an outcry from its wholesale competitive carrier customers.
BT Global has asked the FCC to place caps on the fees AT&T and Verizon can charge for special access services such as TDM-based T1 and DS-3 to "level the playing field," reports The Telegraph.