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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC INITIATES PROCEEDING TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPETITIVE NETWORKS
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated a proceeding intended to
facilitate the development of competitive telecommunications networks that will provide
consumers with alternatives to services provided by the incumbent wireline local exchange
A major goal of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act) is the availability of competitive local telecommunications services, including advanced and innovative services, to all Americans. The 1996 Act contemplates that competitors will offer local telecommunications services by reselling the incumbent LECs' services, using unbundled elements of the incumbent LECs' networks, and using their own network facilities. Only facilities-based competition, however, can bring the fullest benefits of competition to consumers and fully break down the incumbent LECs' dominant position. The adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) furthers the FCC's ongoing efforts to promote facilities-based local competition by seeking comment on potential action in several specific areas.
Specifics of Today's Item:
News Media contact: Meribeth McCarrick at 202-418-0654, TTY at (202) 418-7233, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau contacts: Jeffrey Steinberg at 202-418-0896, e-mail at email@example.com; Joel Taubenblatt at 202-418-1513, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WT Docket No. 99-217