NoChokePoints: Report states Special Access reform would save $37bn, create 176k jobs. #fcc #broadband
Recommendation 4.8 of the National Broadband Plan urges the FCC to ensure that special access rates are “just and reasonable,” noting that “special access circuits play a significant role in the availability and pricing of broadband service.” The Plan observes that the FCC is “currently considering the appropriate analytical framework” and calls on it to “establish an analytical approach” that will “ensure that rates, terms and conditions” for special access are “just and reasonable.” In Oct. 2009 the FCC established a pleading cycle on Special Access.
The NoChokePoints Coalition, a broad-based group that includes BT, Sprint, the New America Foundation and Public Knowledge, have just announced a report, filed with the FCC, “Economic Benefits of Special Access Price Reductions” that estimates that special access reform would increase national output by as much as $37.7 billion and create as many as 176,000 new jobs across the U.S. economy.
Spokesman Maura Corbett said “Currently, special access services produce excess rates of return as high as 77.9 percent, by contrast, the FCC’s last authorized rate of return was 11.25 percent.” and “The FCC has in its hands the power to create positive economic growth, and it needs to use it.”