TITLE

Lies, Phones And UNE-P

AUTHOR(S)
Kuehn, Richard A.
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Aug2004, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p66
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In late 2002, when the FCC decided not to eliminate the Unbundled Network Element-Platform (UNE-P) requirement, the author fully expected the RBOCs to appeal the decision, but he didn't think they'd prevail. He was right on the first issue, the RBOCs did appeal, but wrong about the outcome they won their reversal on appeal. While there still may be legal action-AT&T and MCI may file an appeal with the Supreme Court, it is doubtful that the Court will agree to hear the case. The rules applying to UNE-P expired on June 15. The RBOCs have promised not to increase rates for underlying UNE-P pricing until 2005, and negotiations between the UNE-P resellers and RBOCs are supposedly under way. As of early July, MCI and Qwest had reached an agreement. UNE-P has a noble purpose to increase the quantity of local competition. However, the concept was flawed from the outset. It assumed that once a competitive carrier had secured enough customers, they'd construct their own facilities to provide local dial tone service. That never happened, in large part because in any given territory, the CLECs have had to fight not only the RBOCs, but also each other. The CLECs have not been able to put together a big enough base to achieve the economies of scale that could justify investing in the outside plant construction.
ACCESSION #
14091129

 

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