PITTSBURGH, April 7, 2016 - ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement in response to the letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission today by Verizon and the trade association INCOMPAS that proposes a new framework for regulating special access (dedicated) services - which would undo 35 years of regulatory precedent that facilitated entry by facilities-based competitors:
"This is a private agreement between a dominant provider (Verizon) and providers who have chosen not to build their own facilities that proposes to subject new, facilities-based entrants to regulation in their provision of dedicated services. That will impose costs on these new entrants - many of whom are small providers that have no experience with common carrier rate regulation -- slowing their entry and their efforts to bring competition and innovative services to market. That is clearly not in the public interest, and ACA intends to oppose this private deal."
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