As quoted from Michael Copps Statement;

"Universal Service: By failing to act, the contribution base for universal service could be put in jeopardy. Rural America relies on the universal service fund to ensure they have telecommunications on a par with the rest of the country. Without it, too many places would not have phone service, much less the possibility of broadband. By pulling a whole swath of services out of the obligation to contribute, universal service could be on newly shaky ground. This will only enhance the urban and rural divide in communications, at a time when
the Commission should be doing everything in its power to bridge the gap."

"Interconnection in Rural America/: By failing to act, interconnection in rural America may be needlessly endangered. Rural carriers tell us that where Verizon’s access services to the IP backbone are the only option in remote areas, rural carriers will be subject to unchecked market power. This could mean higher rates for rural consumers whenever they want to interconnect with the rest of the
country and the rest of the world."


chris cooper wrote:

So how does this affect rural America?
-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Dawn
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:35 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: [WISPA] FCC/Verizon forbearence ruling

Verizon successfully wins the forbearence ruling.
Verizon did not even have to prove there case because this was defaulted on.

This is a good thing for this industry or for Rural America?

Commioner comments below.

Article below.

Verizon wins waiver for high-speed service

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has freed Verizon Communications from rules on high-speed data services it sells to large businesses.

The commission granted a petition from Verizon to ease regulations on fiber-optic services, such as Ethernet applications and virtual private networks that businesses use for purposes other than Internet access.

Verizon's petition was granted by default because the commission, made up of two Republican and two Democratic members, failed to rule on it before a deadline of noon on Monday.

"The order was circulated 3 weeks ago by the chairman and was not resolved," an FCC spokesman said. $@ (Bloomberg)"



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