The Federal Communications Commission is planning an attempt to sort out the messy “special access” telephony rate structure, in the interest of promoting wireless broadband accessibility.

Verizon, AT&T, Qwest and Embarq charge other phone companies special access fees to access their digital exchanges. Other phone companies, Sprint and T-Mobile among them, have long complained that those fees are excessive.

When the Obama administration announced a plan to promote and expand national broadband access, these companies seized on the plan as an opportunity to argue that special access fees inhibit wireless broadband competition. 

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has notified Congress that the Commission will issue a public notice within the next 30 days seeking comment on the "appropriate analytical framework" for examining the network pricing structure, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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