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ROUND TABLE

After the 96 Act was passed, the general position of the competitive community was very favorable toward the Act and thought that it was a great effort by Congress to balance the competing interests and needs and really create a level playing field. Unfortunately, the FCC, while they did a good job in some areas, in other areas fell quite short and, ultimately, then abandoned the positions that had been pro-competitive.
Earl Comstock, President and CEO, COMPTEL

I think it opened up new opportunities, new types of equipment and new types of services that consumers have benefited immensely from because of the Act. I also think it helped to deploy broadband.
Matt Flanigan, President, Telecommunications Industry Association

I think a lot of provisions that were geared toward rural carriers gave rural carriers a sufficient transition time to move from being monopoly entities to being and thinking and acting and behaving like competitive carriers.
Shirley Bloomfield, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association

The 96 Act maintained a pattern of regulation that was silo-based that is, how you were regulated depended on where you were at a certain point in time rather than turning the telescope around, so to speak, and looking at it from the consumers perspective.
Ed Merlis, Senior Vice President of Law and Policy, USTelecom


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