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Date: 05.23.2016
By now, we all have heard Chairman Wheeler’s oft-repeated mantra of “competition, competition, competition” when talking about the commission’s charge. We all agree that real competition is good, especially for consumers. The good news is that the Business Data Services (BDS) Further Notice moves the special access ball...
Date: 05.16.2016
The numerous options for voice communications gives consumers many alternatives to the once-ubiquitous landline phone, which is now used as the sole phone service option by less than10 percent of the country. Yet despite this changed technology landscape, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been slow to lift regulations on companies...
Posted In: ILECs
Date: 04.28.2016
USTelecom has asked the Commission to determine that ILECs are no longer subject to dominant carrier regulation in the provision of switched access voice services. As the Commission evaluates the record in this proceeding, we note that competitive alternatives to these services continue to enter the marketplace. Comments in the record already...
Date: 04.28.2016
Competition to serve businesses that need specialized connections for data and the Internet–what the FCC calls Business Data Services (BDS) - is strong pretty much everywhere those businesses choose to locate. A variety of companies have been competing for these customers for decades and relatively new entrants like cable companies have...
Posted In: ILECs
Date: 04.01.2016
As a follow-up to our March 17 ex parte meeting, USTelecom submits additional information into the record of the above-referenced proceeding to further explain the bases for our request that ILECs no longer be subject to dominant carrier regulation in the provision of switched access voice services. The Commission’s rules define a dominant...
Posted In: ILECs, special access
Date: 03.21.2016
On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Jacquelyne Flemming and Keith Krom (AT&T), Timothy Boucher, by telephone (CenturyLink), AJ Burton (Frontier), Curtis Groves (Verizon), and Jonathan Banks and I (USTelecom) met with Carol Mattey (Front Office), Daniel Kahn, Peter Saharko, Brian Hurley, and John Castle (Competition Policy Division), and Pamela Arluk...
Posted In: ILECs
Date: 03.07.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits these reply comments to refresh the record on USTelecom’s petition for declaratory ruling (Petition) in the abovereferenced proceeding. No parties opposing the Petition in their “refresh” comments present any tangible or new evidence to dispute the overwhelming facts in...
Posted In: ILECs
Date: 02.22.2016
USTelecom submits these comments in response to the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Public Notice seeking to refresh the record on USTelecom’s petition for declaratory ruling (Petition) that incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) are non-dominant in the provision of switched access services.
Date: 02.08.2016
USTelecom opposes the petition filed by General Communication, Inc. (GCI) seeking reconsideration of the Memorandum Opinion and Order in which the Commission forbore from “application to incumbent LECs of all remaining equal access and dialing parity requirements for interexchange services, including those under section 251(g) and section...
Posted In: FCC, ILECs, special access
Date: 01.14.2016
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Jeff Lanning (CenturyLink), Alan Buzacott (Verizon), Malena Barzilai (Windstream), Hank Hultquist (AT&T), AJ Burton (Frontier) and Lynn Follansbee and I (USTelecom) met with Nick Degani, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Pai. We began the meeting by urging the Commission to move forward quickly to clarify qualifying...

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