“This is an attempt by large incumbent providers to improperly use their market position in an anti-competitive way, especially in light of their proposal for a mere 18-month period for competitive carriers to transition away from these crucial facilities,” Windstream General Counsel Kristi Moody said in a statement to Ars. “To be clear, if this petition is granted, less competition will result, and schools, hospitals, libraries, nonprofit organizations and small and medium-sized businesses will see their rates go up.”

Source: AT&T/Verizon lobby asks FCC to help raise prices on smaller ISPs – Ars Technica