You are here

Special access facts show more not less competition

Pat Brogan of USTelecom and Evan Leo of Kellog Huber have produced an outstanding new report on special access that is the single best and most up-to-date survey and analysis of publicly available information on the status of competition in the special access market. 

  • The public evidence overwhelmingly shows a competitive special access market full of competitive opportunity for companies willing to invest in next generation broadband facilities.
    • Any additional effort by the FCC to collect the confidential, competitively-sensitive data that is not publicly available, surely will further prove the large and dynamic competitive market opportunity to provide next generation broadband facilities to more American businesses.
  • I highly recommend this report to anyone interested in where the facts and merits are highly likely to take the debate over special access.
    • More facts are the friend of competition and more broadband investment.

Most interestingly, this report shows that the only market failure here is the failure of some expediency-driven resale competitors to recognize the obvious competitive opportunity for investing in their own broadband facilities or investing in new broadband facilities with other similarly situated business partners.

  • True competitors that genuinely believe their competitor's prices are too high, lick their chops, compete and beat them in the marketplace with a cheaper and better product/service.
  • Am I missing something here?
    • Isn't the point of competition competing?
    • Isn't the essence of opportunity seizing it?   

The No Choke Points Coalition has some explaining to do about why so many other competitors are able to compete and seize the competitive opportunity of providing next generation broadband facilities without special Government price breaks -- and why they can't or won't.

In a word, competitors should seize the opportunity in the marketplace and not opportunistically seize upon the regulatory process for an unwarranted special advantage.   


One more thing... my previous posts on special access: