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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 REVIEW SEPARATE AFFILIATE RULES FOR INCUMBENT INDEPENDENT LOCAL PHONE CARRIERS
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
adopted a proposal to reexamine rules pertaining to the provisioning of in-region,
interexchange services by incumbent independent local exchange carriers (LECs).
Incumbent independent LECs are non-Bell Operating Company LECs and are typically
small and often rural carriers with less than 2% of the nation's access lines.|
Incumbent independent LECs are permitted under the Communications Act to provide in-region, long distance service without demonstrating compliance with the competitive checklist of section 271. These carriers currently provide such long distance services subject to certain safeguards intended to prevent them from engaging in anti- competitive behavior. For example, incumbent independent LECs providing facilities- based, in-region, long distance service must do so through a separate corporate affiliate. Incumbent independent LECs providing in-region, long distance service exclusively through resale, however, must do so through a separate corporate division, rather than a separate affiliate.
Today's action seeks comment on several issues related to the provisioning of in- region, interexchange services by incumbent independent LECs, including the following:
Action by the Commission September 13, 2001, by Notice of Proposed of Rulemaking (FCC 01-261). Chairman Powell and Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, and Martin.
Common Carrier Bureau Staff Contact: Jessica Rosenworcel at 202-418-1580
on the Commission's web site www.fcc.gov.