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FCC Investigating if Verizon, Others Have 'Lock' on Business Net

The agency will examine whether large Internet service incumbents have an unfair advantage.

The Verge

Today, the FCC announced it will examine claims that the biggest Internet service providers — including Verizon and AT&T, among others — have an unfair edge over smaller competitors in the business world, essentially crowding out other companies hoping for lucrative contracts.

In an order announcing and initiating the investigation, the FCC notes that billions spent for service on business devices, as well as Web access for businesses, are mostly tied up with “incumbent” service providers. The agency says it will investigate whether the large companies use strict contracts to keep customers in business data deals, hurting competition and ultimately consumers.

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