FCC chief proposes competition crackdown

By Michael Martin, Network World |  Government

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell late last week recommended that Congress increase penalties that can be imposed on incumbent local exchange carriers for violating competition provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 from $1.2 million per violation to at least $10 million.

Powell also asked that the FCC be given more time to investigate competition complaints. Currently the agency must complete its investigations within 1 year.

Competitive DSL providers and competitive local exchange carriers have complained in the past that the former Baby Bells are not giving them open access to the Bells’ local loops, hindering the CLECs’ ability to compete in the local services arena.

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