… ON TEMPORARY NETWORK UNBUNDLING RULES THE FCC RELEASED, FREEZING FOR SIX MONTHS WHOLESALE RATES COMPETITORS PAY THE BIGGEST LOCAL PHONE COMPANIES FOR ACCESS TO THEIR NETWORKS.
“Even beyond the fact that the FCC has readopted the same rules this court vacated, the FCC has not come close to conforming its interim rules to this court’s established requirements.”
- Verizon Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. and the United States Telecom Association in a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
“I am not a fan of UNE-P as the vehicle for parking our aspirations for vigorous voice competition. It is a synthetic form of competition that would never have proved sustainable, or have provided long-lasting consumer benefits.”
-FCC Chairman Michael Powell
“The current commission is on track to butcher the pro-competitive vision of the 1996 Act. And it is sticking consumers with higher telephone rates and fewer choices.”
-FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
“This order is an important step in a reasonable transition from UNE-P to alternative facilities-based forms of competition using unbundled local loops in conjunction with competitive carrier facilities.”
- Jim Kirkland, senior vice president and general counsel, Covad Communications Group Inc.