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Background: Late yesterday, the FCC suspended its use of flawed guidelines that have allowed "special access" prices to skyrocket. Special access lines are high-speed data connections that competitors need to offer service to consumers--for example, to provide connectivity to wireless cell phone towers.
The following statement can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:
"With this action, the FCC has done right by consumers, and it's taken a first step toward promoting competition in wired and wireless communications.
"While consumers don't pay high special access fees directly, they still bear their cost. When competitive carriers have to pay unreasonably high rates for connectivity they may have to pass the costs along to users, or slow down new deployment.
"Recent announcements on the Verizon/SpectrumCo deal have drawn attention to a communications marketplace that is failing consumers. Actions like this one--and much more--are needed to start bringing competition to the broadband marketplace."