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Re: DSL restrictions for CLECs?
> I'm on a digital pair gain line out of a local RT. There are nothing but > DPG lines run from the CO -- copper is not, and never was, an option for > this neighborhood. SBC will not allow CLECs to access their DPG lines > either in the CO or in the RT -- "use the copper" is the response. > > Is this standard practice? Is this legal? I am basically in a situation > where DSL availability should be a non-issue, except that SBC/Yahoo! has > constructed a scenario where they are the only possible provider due to > their decision to replace copper pair with DPG, and to refuse to allow > CLEC DSLAMs on the DPG lines. a) Refusal to allow CLECs into RTs is not necessarily bad-intentioned. Some RTs are really nothing more than a tiny enclosure, where there's really no space for much equipment. b) As far as -legality- of refusing to permit CLECs into RTs, according to latest Triennial Review Ruling (which came out only a week ago, and hasn't been fully digested yet due to it being 527 pages), it appears that ILECs -must- now permit CLECs into RTs where it is technologically possible. (IANAL, and wording of the ruling isn't the clearest). c) Even if CLECs were permitted in your RT, its far from the fact that any CLEC would want to be in there, due to cost/benefit considerations: RT serves a small number of lines. CLEC would need to pay for backhaul and rental of space, and considering that you probably would be the only customer in an average RT that serves 500-5000 lines, that wouldn't make financial sense. d) Although not a part of Triennial Review (because it is not considered a UNE), ILECs are still obligated to offer access to their own DSLAMs to everyone equally, on the similar terms as their own Internet subsidiaries. (I'm not sure where the requirement for that comes from though, TCA '96?) So, you can still get DSL service from your friendly neighbourhood ISP which would use ILEC's DSLAM-in-RT. Brave-hearted can always read the full text of triennial review at: http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2003/db0821/FCC-03-36A1.pdf Alex Pilosov | DSL, Colocation, Hosting Services President | email@example.com (800) 710-7031 Pilosoft, Inc. | http://www.pilosoft.com