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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2012
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC: FCC's Special Access Data Collection Order 'Long Overdue'

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statements after the Federal Communications Commission ordered telecommunications companies to provide details on special-access services:

“I am pleased the Federal Communications Commission is taking this long overdue step. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners passed a resolution more than three years ago asking the FCC improve special access data collection so we can determine whether market power exists for such services. While we are still reviewing the order, this is nonetheless an important development.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington

“Questions about the special-access market are nothing new to the State regulatory community. As an organization, NARUC attempted to determine the market’s competitiveness several years ago, but telecommunications providers did not provide us with enough information to make a judgment. I am hopeful, with this order, that we will finally get answers and find out just how competitive the market for these services is.”
--NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair John Burke of Vermont

Editor’s Note: NARUC in 2007 commissioned the National Regulatory Research Institute to do a study assessing the special access market. The report, released in 2009, concluded that there was not enough evidence to determine whether the special-access market was competitive. It also found no evidence that the FCC’s existing policies facilitated a competitive market. Following this report, NARUC in July 2009 asked the FCC to improve special access data collection so it can judge whether market power exists in the market.

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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