Regulators, Industry Executives Offer Update on Triennial Review

Last year the FCC released 600 pages of new phone and broadband rules.

Even regulatory experts conceded the Triennial Review order — loaded with more footnotes than a college term paper — was highly complex and required numerous readings. Yet discerning the ramifications of the controversial order appears to be mere child’s play, compared to figuring out the status of the 100 or so proceedings state regulators have initiated in order to implement new FCC policies.

At stake, some industry executives say, is the future of local residential phone competition. Regulators have until the summer to decide whether to preserve, or phase out over three years, the wholesale phone regulations many CompTel/ASCENT members support.

The CompTel/ASCENT Alliance plans to fill its members in on the status of the state proceedings during a workshop Wednesday morning. The workshop aims to update attendees about the Triennial Review and address the question, "Where do we go from here?" The workshop will be divided into three sessions.

First, representatives from Davis, Wright & Tremaine LLP and Technologies Management Inc., will provide an update on the proceedings.

The second session will feature the perspectives of state regulators. Charles Davidson, a commissioner to the Florida Public Service Commission, is among the regulators scheduled to speak. The third session will feature an industry perspective from executives at Z-Tel Communications Inc. and MCI, among other companies.

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