Verizon said that the 64 Kbps requirement has "outlived any usefulness" as more of its customers have dropped their landline phone service in favor of either VoIP or wireless as their main calling device.
TDS may be a sizeable wireline telco, but in areas where it operates as a competitive provider serving businesses it faces a number of challenges in getting access to wholesale services from other larger ILECs like AT&T and Verizon.
Verizon has told the FCC in a new filing that the commission should not revoke regulatory forbearance on Ethernet-based services because businesses and wholesale CLEC customers have a larger pool of sources to get these services.
Frontier has cleared another hurdle in its path to complete its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas as the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the transfer of Verizon's Southwest division's CLEC certificate to Frontier.
XO Communications may have set an ambitious strategy to extend fiber into more buildings in its growing territory, but the CLEC is taking a success-based approach on the building locations to extend its fiber.
XO Communications has completed the expansion of its on-net fiber building reach project in the Salt Lake City area with the addition of nearly 100 new buildings, making it a more competitive threat to area incumbent telco CenturyLink.
Integra is beefing up its West Coast fiber network presence by acquiring opticAccess, a three-year old competitive provider that's focused on providing services for large enterprises and domestic and international wholesale carrier customers.
Verizon and CenturyLink may be anxious to shut down all of their copper facilities and transition to fiber, but each provider has told the FCC that de facto copper retirement is a "myth" and there's no need to include new requirements addressing the issue in its technology transition plans.
Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.
Frontier has joined Level 3 Communications and industry group COMPTEL in asking the FCC to clarify the rules regarding pole attachment rates for cable and traditional telecom providers, as well as making the rates more uniform.