Washington (April 28, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to advance a further notice of proposed rulemaking that would create new framework for “special access” Internet services, now known as “business data services”.  Business data services serve as the backbone for dedicated high-speed broadband and provide competitive wireless and wireless carriers with the capacity to serve small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, universities, hospitals, public safety organizations, and government agencies, among others. 

“After many years of hard work, the FCC has taken an important step forward today by advancing a proposal to update the special access regime. Now, businesses, competitive carriers, wireless service providers and others who rely on it can take full advantage of robust and competitive broadband services.”