In years previous, the telcos had whittled away at UNE to the point that if they deployed "advanced services" in the last mile - read fiber, even an inch of it in the neighborhood cable vault (and the rest remained copper), then the telcos didn't have to share. But if there was a copper loop from the home/business to the CO, UNE applied. That was then.

But with a recent Federal appeals court ruling, UNE is no more. There is NO legal requirement for telcos to share their copper at ALL.

Telcos have PRIVATE agreements to share the copper loop - Verizon just reached one with Covad, but now it's ENTIRELY at the OPTION of the telcos.

For you that are working with telcos, usually smaller ones, that don't seem inclined to take advantage of this leverage, count your blessings - they may well be fleeting.

The FCC wrangled something of a concession that the telcos wouldn't make major changes in existing UNE arrangements until June 2006.

But after June, the gloves are completely off. A lot of ISP business models will be completely wrecked.

You guys haven't been going to enough conferences and listening to very bright people like Kris Twomey try and explain such things to the (W)ISP industry. Shame on that Michael Anderson for putting Kris up in front of an audience to try to keep the WISP industry informed.



On Dec 28, 2005, at 06:54, John Scrivner wrote:

Can you explain this statement for me? Excuse my lack of knowledge here. What are you referring to as a MSA? Also let us hear a little more detail about this statement please.

I thought if the service drop was used to deliver phone service that the telco had to allow UNE access to the line. This has changed? I knew it had gone away in terms of access to advanced broadband facilities like DSLAMs and such but I thought the RBOCs still had to give up access to subscriber lines regardless of the media? Please elaborate.
Thank you,


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