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US: Court Backs FCC Ruling on FTTx Access August 17, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband, Regulation.
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[From Global Insight] The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a legal attempt by Earthlink to overturn Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules that allow regional incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) to deploy FTTx without being required to share them with competitors. The court said that it was “permissible” for the FCC to free Baby Bells from the need to unbundle greenfield FTTx.

Commentary: The decsion is not surprising given the changes to regulations governing access rules in the US, where access to ILEC’s access networks now is through commercial negotiations rather than at mandated rates. So at least for the time being the ILEC argument, that applying unbundling regulations to FTTx would delay investment in this technology, has prevailed.

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1. Telconomics » US: Background on FTTx regulation - August 23, 2006

[…] In a recent post I commented only briefly on the regualtory shift that has occured in the US wrt. the unbundling and mandating access. Below is some background information on that shift. […]


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