FCC wants to deregulate wireline roll-out, rein local power
origin : Telecompaper
Date : 2017-04-21
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The FCC has opened to comment its proposal to remove regulatory barriers to wireline broadband infrastructure deployment. The FCC believes its reforms will help accelerate deployment of next-generation networks and services by removing barriers to infrastructure investment at the federal, state, and local level. The Notice of Inquiry seeks comment on using the FCC’s preemption authority to prohibit the enforcement of state and local laws that would pose barriers to broadband deployment. The Request for Comment seeks input on when carriers must obtain FCC permission to alter or discontinue a service. Comments are being sought about pole attachment reforms and about the FCC’s motions to make it easier for Local Exchange Carriers (LECss) to retire copper networks. This could be done by streamlining or eliminating provisions of network change notification rules that may no longer be necessary, eliminating rules requiring carriers to spend money to maintain outdated equipment and streamlining the approval process for discontinuing legacy services.