The FCC's Martin is giving away the store and is allowing a complete meltdown of the TA 96 Act. By far, this does not enhance competition as mandated by Sec 10 of the TA 96 Act. I'll agree completely with this statement below:

"The chairman's action yesterday represents the height of irresponsibility by a federal official," said Earl Comstock, head of the Comptel trade association, which represents smaller phone companies. "With this action the chairman's has unilaterally abdicated the commission's responsibilities with respect to oversight of Verizon's common carrier service offerings. As a result, competition and consumers are now at the mercy of Verizon's financial self-interest."

And in my opinion, this may not just stop with wireline services and broadband. Just think what will happen if the RBOC's go after shutting down free spectrum availability. The key issue here is "broadband" and if Martin keeps up with his political and personal agendas, the competitive landscape is going to sink as fast as the Titanic.

Frank Muto
Co-founder -  Washington Bureau for ISP Advocacy - WBIA
Telecom Summit Ad Hoc Committee

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dawn" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>


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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