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Technology Transitions Ambiguity Could Impact CLEC’s Ability to Serve Retail Customers

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Nov 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

On August 7, 2015, the FCC released the long-awaited Order in its “Technology Transitions” proceeding which addressed CLEC concerns about the availability of ILEC wholesale services during the industry transition from the Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) network to a network using Internet Protocol (IP).  The Order also provided protection for consumers and businesses as ILECs retire copper and retail services utilizing that copper are discontinued.  

The Order does appear, however, to have an unintended consequence, one that could cause CLECs to abandon retail customers even while ILECs conscientiously follow the FCC’s section 214 service discontinuance rules. 

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Topics: regulatory updates, CLECs, FCC, Technology Transition

Why the FCC’s Technology Transitions Order is so Controversial

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Aug 21, 2015 9:30:00 AM

We noted last time that on August 7, 2015, the FCC released its Technology Transitions Order in Docket 13-5. The Order is significant for the industry because it finally addresses the need for viable wholesale services for CLECs during the industry transition from a Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) network to a network using Internet Protocol (IP). 

However, just like the FCC’s Open Internet Order, the Technology Transitions Order was approved on a 3-2 basis. It was supported by the three Democratic commissioners but rejected by the two Republicans. There are disagreements regarding the notice period for ILEC copper retirement, the proper scope for discontinuing services under section 214 of the Act, and the proper role of the Commission in evaluating reasonably comparable replacement wholesale services. 

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, TDM, IP Transformation, Technology Transition

FCC’s Technology Transitions Order Requires Reasonably Comparable DS1, DS3 and Network Platform Wholesale Services

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Aug 14, 2015 9:29:10 AM

On August 7, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Docket 13-5, its “Technology Transitions” Proceeding.  

The Order finally addresses, at least on an interim basis, CLEC concerns about the availability of wholesale services during the industry transition from a Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) network to a network using Internet Protocol (IP). It also provides protection for consumers as copper is retired and/or services are discontinued during this transition. Here are the key points: 

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, IP Network, TDM, Technology Transition

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