|Federal Communications Commission
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May 15, 1998
COMMON CARRIER BUREAU ANNOUNCES AGENDA
The Common Carrier Bureau will host a public forum to discuss the methods by which the Bell
operating companies (BOCs) may satisfy the section 271 requirement that they provide
nondiscriminatory access to unbundled network elements in a manner that allows competing
carriers to combine such elements.|
Various members of the telecommunications industry have proposed methods by which competing carriers can combine network elements, including physical and virtual collocation, direct access to the BOC's network, electronic methods of combining network elements, and BOC provision of combined network elements for a separate charge. This Forum will permit representatives from different segments of the telecommunications industry to address the legal, technical, and economic issues with respect to each of the proposed methods. Interested parties are invited to submit questions for discussion at the Forum.
The agenda for the Forum is attached to this Notice. Panels may be modified subject to the availability of participants. The Common Carrier Bureau will post the agenda, and any subsequent changes, on the Commission's website at www.fcc.gov. The Common Carrier Bureau will also issue an amended agenda upon confirmation of the panelists. For information on obtaining a videotape of the forum, please contact the Commission's Audio-Visual Office at (202) 418-0460.
For additional information contact: Jordan Goldstein, Jake Jennings, or Katherine Schroder at (202) 418-1580.
THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1998
|9:30 - 9:35||Introductory Remarks|
|9:35 - 10:00||Panel One: The Importance of Combinations of Network Elements
|10:00 - 10:30||Panel Two: A Technical Overview of Methods for Combining Network Elements
|10:30 - 10:45||Break|
|10:45 - 12:00||Panel Three: Collocation -- Legal, Economic, and Technical Issues
|12:00 - 1:30||Break for Lunch|
|1:30 - 3:00||Panel Four: Other Methods (e.g., Direct Access, Electronic Methods, Combinations Provided by the BOC for a Separate Charge) -- Legal, Economic, and Technical Issues
|3:00 - 3:15||Break|
|3:15 - 4:15||Panel Five: The State Perspective