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.
TDS may be a sizeable wireline telco, but in areas where it operates as a competitive provider serving businesses it faces a number of challenges in getting access to wholesale services from other larger ILECs like AT&T and Verizon.
Five years after the FCC called for data on the state of the special access marketplace from just a portion of the providers offering special access, the agency appears poised to modify contracts and embark on a new round of rate regulation based on market data from 2010 to 2012. This would not be a concern if, in fact, the market for special access services had stagnated in 2012 with prices and providers remaining constant; however, that is not the case. Why should we care if the FCC premises a new set of pricing regulations on outdated information?
AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and other ILECs' special access pricing plans are facing a new FCC investigation over claims that these carriers are implementing unreasonable terms and conditions in their plans.
Windstream said that the charges ILECs levy to construct facilities to serve a special access request from a competitor for TDM or IP-based Ethernet services are too high.
AT&T said that in Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla., the two markets where it is conducting its TDM-to-IP trials, it is seeing more customers purchase IP-based services, but at a slower pace.
Verizon is fighting claims that it is overcharging its wholesale customers for its TDM and IP-based special access services.
CenturyLink is the latest telco to join the chorus of protest against a proposal made by Birch, BT and Level 3 asking the FCC to reform special access pricing.
Competitive carriers organization COMPTEL says the FCC's special access reform needs to address that their measures should drive new competition in the wireline and wireless broadband industry...