CompTel/ASCENT to Host Wholesale Regulatory Meeting

The CompTel/ASCENT Alliance will host a meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss wholesale regulatory issues. The meeting is open only to alliance members.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform members of regulatory changes, which might affect them and present opportunities to reduce costs or increase sales. The alliance also plans to solicit feedback to more effectively represent its members.

In the Triennial Review order released last year, the FCC said the Bells must make their dark fiber available to competitors as an unbundled network element (UNE), says Jonathan Lee, senior vice president, regulatory affairs, CompTel/ASCENT Alliance. This is important because wholesale carriers have the opportunity to lease the fiber and then sell capacity to other service providers.

The Triennial Review order says the Bells do not have to lease the fiber as a UNE if they can show there are alternative wholesale providers, Lee says. However, the CompTel/ASCENT Alliance wants the wholesale carriers to inform state regulators there may be no true alternative if the Bells do not quickly process requests to migrate circuits to the competitive wholesale networks.

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