Monday, November 14, 2011

Reversing Forbearance!!

"On October 4, 2011, tw telecom, BT Americas, the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee, Computer & Communications Industry Association, EarthLink, and Sprint (collectively, Petitioners) filed a petition --- Establish Regulatory Parity in the Provision of Non-TDM-Based Broadband Transmission Services, WC Docket No. 11-188 --- to reverse in part the forbearance granted to VZ by operation of law on March 19, 2006. In particular, Petitioners ask the Commission to reverse the forbearance from general Title II economic requirements that apply to non-dominant common carriers or LECs; Title II public policy requirements that apply generally to all carriers; and the BOC-specific Computer Inquiry requirements to the extent that they impose the same transmission access and non-discrimination requirements that apply to all non-BOC, facilities-based wireline carriers in their provision of enhanced services. Petitioners contend this will restore regulatory parity between Verizon and its similarly situated competitors for non-TDM-based services such as Ethernet, ATM and SONET." [PDF of DA-11-1879A1 from FCC]

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