Windstream isn't opposed to making a transition to IP and fiber, but in the markets where it operates as a CLEC the service provider says it is at a disadvantage in terms of gaining access to existing local network infrastructure.
CenturyLink and Verizon have fired the latest salvos in the special access saga, claiming that the FCC should refrain from re-regulating the special access market due to the growth of competitive service options from cable providers and CLECs.
As the FCC begins to cull through the mountains of data on special access services, USTelecom, the industry forum focused on incumbent telcos, says the regulator should consider how cable has become a dominant force in the business segment.
Speaking to the media on the heels of the deadline to submit comments for the FCC's special access proceeding, Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint, said wireless backhaul costs the carrier pays to ILECs have continued to rise.
Verizon says that cable operators' efforts to build fiber networks to deliver Ethernet and IP-based services will enable them to compete in 77.1 percent of the carrier's wireline markets.
AT&T has responded to the FCC's investigation of its special access pricing regime, saying that competitive service providers' allegations that it locks-in certain volume-related commitments are false.
CenturyLink said in a letter to the FCC that claims by the ACA and XO Communications-- that ILECs have an advantage over CLECs when it comes to deploying fiber in greenfield deployments-- is counterintuitive and that any advantage that ILECs had in the past has evaporated thanks to recent inroads by CLECs and cable companies.
A group of ILECs-- AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Verizon-- have jointly asked the FCC to extend the deadline to submit Direct Cases related to the regulator's assessment of ILECs' special access rates.
Verizon is speaking out against claims made by Windstream and competitive industry forum Incompas that the special construction practices and charges to deliver DS1 services to its retail and wholesale customers aren't consistent across its customer segments.
INCOMPAS, which was formerly known as COMPTEL, has joined the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) in opposing a request from USTelecom to extend the upcoming comment and reply comment deadlines in the FCC's special access data review process.