Business News – BellSouth to Share With NorthPoint

Posted: 08/2000

Business News

BellSouth to Share With NorthPoint

BellSouth Corp.
(, an Atlanta-based
RBOC, has agreed to share its telephone lines with NorthPoint Communications Group Inc.
(, a competing broadband services provider based in San Francisco. The lines in BellSouth’s nine-state region–Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee–could be used for simultaneous transmission of voice and data, such as a high-speed Internet connection. The line-sharing agreement–BellSouth’s second major line-sharing agreement–calls for the company to provide NorthPoint with access to the high-frequency portion of BellSouth’s local telephone lines as a UNE at interim rates. These rates will be subject to a “true-up” once a final agreement on pricing is reached between the two competitors, or when permanent line-sharing prices have been set by state regulators. In April, BellSouth announced its first line-sharing agreement with local competitor Covad Communications Co.
(, based in Santa Clara, Calif.

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