The FCC recently granted a joint petition made by members of the cable and telecom industry that would harmonize the attachment rate cost model for pole attachments, which would be at or near the cable rate formula level, providing a level of certainty for service providers.
Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014.
INCOMPAS, which was formerly known as COMPTEL, has joined the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) in opposing a request from USTelecom to extend the upcoming comment and reply comment deadlines in the FCC's special access data review process.
Windstream said that the charges ILECs levy to construct facilities to serve a special access request from a competitor for TDM or IP-based Ethernet services are too high.
COMPTEL and NTCA said in separate FCC filings that the regulator should work to alleviate service providers from the burden of having to verify Lifeline service recipients.
Competitive carriers organization COMPTEL says the FCC's special access reform needs to address that their measures should drive new competition in the wireline and wireless broadband industry...
COMPTEL said in a new FCC filing that its wireline broadband members like Google Fiber and Windstream need access to fairly priced video content in order to drive new choices for consumers.
Frontier and TDS Telecom agree with COMPTEL and Level 3's recent FCC petition that all service providers should be able to get competitively priced access to local power utility poles to expand their broadband networks.
Verizon has become embroiled in a pole attachment battle with Virginia-based power company Dominion, arguing that the power company pays more for access than its CLEC competitors.
Verizon and CenturyLink may be in support of giving their CLEC wholesale customers fair pricing as they transition from legacy TDM to IP-based services, but any rules should only be applied to DS1 and DS3 special access services, they say.