Sprint, Others Protest AT&T’s Special-Access Rate Hike

Rival carriers aren’t too happy about AT&T’s decision to raise the price on some voice and data lines for businesses.

Sprint is one. The Overland Park, Kan.-based company says AT&T’s move is anticompetitive. Sprint filed a complaint with the FCC, according to the Wall Street Journal.

AT&T told customers it would stop offering extended contracts and discounts to companies that use special-access lines, which are high-capacity connections.

Sprint is among a range of companies from telcos to banks to retailers  that buy these connections from AT&T and Verizon, which own the lion’s share of special access lines.

“These steps are necessary to accomplish a smooth and non-disruptive modernization of our network and services,” an AT&T spokesman told the Journal.

“It puts the rest of the wireless industry at a competitive disadvantage,” responded a Sprint spokesman.

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