Monday, March 27, 2006

TW Petition that CLECs May Interconnect to Provide Wholesdale Telecom to VoIP Providers

Comments Due March 27 Reply Due April 11

On March 1, 2006, Time Warner Cable (TWC) filed a
petition for declaratory ruling requesting that the
Commission affirm that competitive local exchange
carriers (LECs) are entitled to interconnect with
incumbent LECs pursuant to Section 251 of the
Communications Act of 1934 (the Act), as amended, for
the purpose of exchanging traffic on behalf of
VoIP-based providers. TWC asserts that the public
service commissions of South Carolina and Nebraska
misinterpreted the statute when issuing decisions
finding, among other things, that competitive LECs
providing wholesale telecommunications services to
other service providers are not “telecommunications
carriers” for the purposes of Section 251 of the Act,
and, therefore, are not entitled to interconnect with
incumbent LECs. Specifically, TWC argues that
competitive LECs selling telecommunications services
on a wholesale basis are telecommunications carriers
and are entitled to interconnection under Section 251.

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