SOURCE: Internet Innovation Alliance

Internet Innovation Alliance

August 23, 2012 15:46 ET

Internet Innovation Alliance Calls FCC Special Access Order Premature

Says Regulatory Certainty Will Encourage Investment Needed for Transition to Next-Generation Networks

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) - Responding to the FCC's Report & Order (R&O) regarding special access released last night, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband access and adoption for all Americans, today issued the following statement:

"For years the FCC has said that it does not have adequate data to evaluate competition and infrastructure investment in the special access market, and as pointed out by Commissioner Robert McDowell, it has ignored 'calls from Members of Congress, commissioners, industry and civil society for a comprehensive data collection and analysis in the course of contemplating a change in special access rules' for more than five years. Yet the Commission has announced that it will prematurely proceed with the immediate suspension of the thirteen-year-old deregulation of special access. Thankfully, the FCC has acknowledged that having data from all providers is essential to any future competitive analysis.

"Burning money, time and manpower to regulate an outdated technology is fruitless. America's future depends on the transition away from special access service to faster next-generation IP networks that will strengthen the economy, amp up U.S. global competitiveness, and improve consumers' experience. Commissioner Ajit Pai got it right when he said that 'we should bring this decade-old proceeding to a close soon so that special-access providers and purchasers will have the regulatory certainty they need to carry out their businesses and invest in high-capacity infrastructure.' Yesterday's special access order puts the FCC on a regulatory path to nowhere."

To learn more about the, IIA visit http://www.internetinnovation.org/.

About The Internet Innovation Alliance

The Internet Innovation Alliance was founded in 2004 and is a broad-based coalition supporting broadband availability and access for all Americans, including underserved and rural communities. It aims to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to this critical tool. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that leverage the power of entrepreneurs and the market to achieve universal broadband availability and adoption.

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