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CCA Urges FCC to Preserve Interconnection Rights of Competitive Carriers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                      Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
January 28, 2013                                                                                                                      (202) 449-9866

CCA Urges FCC to Preserve Interconnection Rights of Competitive Carriers

Washington, DC – In comments filed today with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) in response to petitions previously filed by AT&T and National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), CCA urged the Commission to reaffirm ILECs’ obligation to interconnect their networks and exchange traffic on just, reasonable and cost-based terms and conditions.  Both AT&T’s and NTCA’s Petitions offer suggestions for how the Commission should manage the transition from networks based on time-division multiplexing (TDM) technology to those based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology.  

“Ensuring a seamless transition from TDM-to-IP based networks is an important priority for our national telecommunications infrastructure, but the Commission shouldn’t reinvent the world of telecom,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry.  “The certainty provided by provisions such as the interconnection requirements of Sections 251 and 252 of the Act facilitate investment and growth in the wireless marketplace.”

Berry continued, “Guaranteeing the seamless connectivity of telecommunications networks has long been a core principle of national communications policy.  The FCC itself has recognized that for competition to thrive, the principle of interconnection needs to be maintained.  Deregulation is appropriate when there’s an overarching regulatory framework providing carriers certainty to invest and deploy service.  AT&T provides a sensible approach with respect to some outdated regulations.  But it makes no sense for the Commission to eviscerate the long-standing interconnection policy and framework.   In fact, compelling interconnection as the fundamental prerequisite fostered a competitive market, allowing operators to enjoy ‘light’ regulatory treatment.”

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