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AT&T Hikes the Price of ACCU-Rings

The Voice Report, (Vol. 32, No. 38)
Hank Levine

This special FAQ issue of Voice Report is written by Hank Levine, a partner at Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP, in response to their recent finding of a major change in AT&T’s pricing strategy for its ACCU-Ring® service.

ACCU-Ring® is an AT&T private network local access service that uses a dual-fiber ring network between AT&T points of presence, customer premises, and local access to carry a customer’s network traffic. The service, which has been around for well over a decade, is based on a redundant, self-healing SONET ring architecture that quickly and automatically reroutes traffic around network trouble spots.

If you are a large user that buys ACCU-Ring service from AT&T (and many large users do), you will be interested to learn that effective December 10, 2011, AT&T is hiking the “list” rates for ACCU-Ring service components by 20%. [Kudos to TechCaliber’s Theresa Knutson for spotting this one; AT&T didn’t hide it, but didn’t shout it from the rooftops either].

To help enterprise customers understand what is going on, we have prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions (with answers). Read ’em and weep.


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