CLEC Enterprise Customers Must Proactively Ensure They Are Protected as Industry Transitions to Internet Protocol
Sep 29, 2015 9:30:00 AM
This is a crucial time for the thousands of businesses that purchase telecommunications from Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). For several years Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) have been modernizing their networks, retiring and replacing copper with fiber and transitioning to networks that use Internet protocol (IP).
Often, this technology change significantly impacts the services ILECs provide over their networks, including the wholesale services CLECs purchase to provide their own services to business customers. While CLECs may have the opportunity to purchase a replacement ILEC IP service such as Ethernet to resell, there have never been rules in place to ensure that any replacement wholesale service will offer rates, terms and conditions that will enable a CLEC to continue to offer the same service and maintain the same relationship with its business customers.
Sep 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM
The fall season is usually a time for new beginnings. School is back, football starts and of course there are new TV shows, most of which will be gone by year’s end. For the FCC it is a new season also, one that is likely to define its role for years to come. That's because the agency has positioned itself to take an activist role that we have never seen before. In issue after issue, ranging from the transition to the Internet protocol (IP) network, the special access investigation and the Internet, the Commission has provided itself with the regulatory authority to accept or reject individual company business plans and filings to an unprecedented level.
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.
Jul 17, 2015 9:47:10 AM
The FCC has finally responded to years of CLEC lobbying! Earlier this week FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that the Commission on August 6, will adopt an order requiring ILECs to make “reasonably comparable” wholesale services available to CLECs as they replace their copper networks with fiber-based Internet protocol (IP) networks. These new rules will be in place on an interim basis until the Commission completes its ongoing investigation into ILEC special access services.
May 22, 2015 9:57:07 AM
The most important competitive issue for CLECs in 2015 and beyond is the availability of Internet protocol (IP) wholesale services to replace time division multiplexed (TDM) services such as special access that are being phased out by ILECs. Without such replacement services, CLECs face the prospect of having no access to critical inputs, at least not on reasonable terms and conditions. Clearly, this would prevent them from continuing to provide competitive alternatives to small- and medium-sized businesses and other institutions like schools, libraries, and health care facilities.
Apr 6, 2015 11:15:00 AM
The following is a guest post by David Rohde of TechCaliber Consulting, LLC.
It’s an axiom of enterprise telecom RFPs that you probably want to award some business to competitive providers to keep the big incumbents on their toes. And in the old days, throwing some intercity private lines or some outbound long distance minutes to Carrier X was a nice, tactical way to achieve this purpose without much operational risk.
But we do not live in tactical times. A massive strategic shift is well under way in the enterprise market. Business customers are procuring products and services that have to be stable in the new, all-IP network environment as the TDM-based Public Switched Telephone Network is about to be ripped out of the ground.