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September 24, 1998
COMMISSION'S BANDWIDTH TASK FORCE AND COMMON CARRIER BUREAU ANNOUNCE THREE ADVANCED SERVICES TECHNICAL ROUNDTABLES
The Commission's Bandwidth Task Force and Common Carrier Bureau will host three
roundtables to discuss technical issues related to deployment of advanced services. The first
roundtable, "Technical Issues Relating to the Provision of Advanced Services Over the Local
Loop: Loop Qualification and Subloop Unbundling," will address, for example: the technical
issues of: providing advanced services, like xDSL, through digital loop carrier-provisioned loops;
access to remote terminals; access to information on loop capabilities; and loop administration and
maintenance. The second roundtable, "Technical Issues Relating to the Use of Different
Advanced Services Technologies: Spectrum Interference in the Copper Loop," will address, for
example: spectrum management issues; standards setting; and subfrequency unbundling viability.
The third roundtable, "Technical Issues Relating to the Collocation of Equipment used to Provide
Advanced Services," will address, for example: remote terminal collocation; equipment safety
standards; and switching collocation. These roundtables will permit representatives from different
segments of the telecommunications industry to address the technical issues with respect to each
of these topics.
Interested parties are invited to submit questions for discussion in advance of the roundtables. Questions should be submitted by Thursday October 1, 1998, either via fascimile to the Common Carrier Bureau at (202) 418-1413, attention Elizabeth Nightingale and Jason Oxman, or by e-mail to Elizabeth Nightingale, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Jason Oxman, email@example.com. The roundtables also will be carried live on the Internet. Internet users may listen to the real-time audio feed of the roundtables by accessing the FCC Internet Audio Broadcast Home Page. Step- by-step instructions on how to listen to the audio broadcast, as well as information regarding the equipment and software needed, are available on the FCC Internet Audio Broadcast Home Page at www.fcc.gov/realaudio/. The internet broadcast also will be available in the Commission's realaudio archives on completion of the meeting, at the same Home Page.
The Commission's Bandwidth Task Force and Common Carrier Bureau will issue another public notice with the agenda upon confirmation of the participants. This information also will be posted on the Commission's website at www.fcc.gov. The roundtables are open to the public, and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.
For information on obtaining a videotape of the roundtables, please contact the Commission's Audio-Visual Office at (202) 418-0460. Audio and video tapes of the roundtables may also be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, by calling Infocus at (703) 834-0100 or by faxing Infocus at (703) 834-0111.
For additional information contact: Elizabeth Nightingale or Jason Oxman at