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Round Table

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ON RULES THE FCC RELEASED FREEING THE BIGGEST LOCAL PHONE COMPANIES FROM OBLIGATIONS TO SHARE LOCAL LOOPS WITH COMPETITORS IF THEY BUILD A FIBER NETWORK WITHIN 500 FEET OF A HOME OR SMALL BUSINESS.


“This relief was necessary to restore incentives to make substantial investments of capital, which come with no assurance of any near-term payoff.”

- Kathleen Abernathy, Commissioner, FCC


“This is the latest in a series of broadband rulings that demonstrate this administration and the FCC understand that keeping outdated regulation off of tomorrow’s technology will boost jobs, investment and innovation. It will be equally important at the state and local level that the path remain clear of unnecessary regulatory or legislative hurdles.”
- Edward Whitacre Jr., Chairman and CEO, SBC Communications Inc.


“The Bell companies - with the support of the FCC - are quickly recapturing their monopoly over local loops. Thanks to the FCC’s action … the Bells can now deny competitive carriers access to localloop facilities that contain any fiber, including part-fiber/part-copper loops that were deployed decades ago.”


- Jason Oxman, General Counsel, Association for Local Telecommunications Services


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