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Wireline Competition Bureau

State of the Bureau Presentation

         January 20, 2006
Strategic Goals
Advancing our Nation’s Public Safety and
Homeland Security

Facilitating Broadband Deployment

Promoting C...
Advancing Public Safety
Ensuring Safety for Consumers: VoIP/911
Order and NPRM
– Interconnected VoIP service providers
  r...
Advancing Public Safety
Relief to Hurricane Victims
– Made available more than
$200 million in federal
universal service f...
Advancing Public Safety
Relief to Hurricane Victims (cont.)
 – Extensive Outreach and
 Coordination with Service Providers...
Advancing Homeland Security

Provided Support for Law Enforcement
– Adopted the Communications Assistance for Law
  Enforc...
Facilitated Broadband Deployment

Advanced “universal, affordable
access to broadband technology”
 – Promoted Regulatory P...
Facilitated Broadband Deployment
Advanced “universal,
affordable access to
broadband technology”
(cont.)
 – Promoted Net N...
Promoted Competition
Performed simultaneous review of two
historic telecom mergers in unprecedented
time frame – SBC/AT&T ...
Promoted Competition
Transitioning to Competitive Markets
– Qwest Omaha Forbearance Order
– Verizon Pricing Flexibility Or...
Promoted Competition
Advanced Universal Service
– Launched program improvements proceeding:
  Comprehensive Review NPRM
  ...
WCB 2005 Accomplishments
Agenda Items Released: 9
Circulation Items Released: 26
Forbearance Petitions Resolved: 12
Statis...
Challenges for 2006 and Beyond
 Public Safety and Homeland Security
 – Improve 911 services for consumers of nomadic
   Vo...
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  1. 1. Wireline Competition Bureau State of the Bureau Presentation January 20, 2006
  2. 2. Strategic Goals Advancing our Nation’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Facilitating Broadband Deployment Promoting Competition 2
  3. 3. Advancing Public Safety Ensuring Safety for Consumers: VoIP/911 Order and NPRM – Interconnected VoIP service providers required to: Provide 911 emergency calling capability Inform consumers of the capabilities and limitations of their 911 services – Sought comment on how to automatically update customer location information for nomadic VoIP services 3
  4. 4. Advancing Public Safety Relief to Hurricane Victims – Made available more than $200 million in federal universal service fund support for relief efforts Low income program – Made funds available for carriers to provide free wireless handsets with at least 300 minutes Schools and libraries program – Made funds available to reconnect affected schools & libraries Health care program – Made funds available to support the telecommunications needs of affected public and non- profit health care providers, including American Red Cross shelters High-cost program – Provided flexibility for carriers to prioritize rebuilding damaged facilities 4
  5. 5. Advancing Public Safety Relief to Hurricane Victims (cont.) – Extensive Outreach and Coordination with Service Providers and Local Public Safety Representatives – Orders providing additional relief Reassigned phone number 1-800-RED-CROSS Enabled evacuees to maintain their phone numbers via waivers of number aging and number porting rules Provided flexibility from filing deadlines for E-Rate participants, for carriers reporting competition and broadband data (Form 477), and for VoIP E911 status reports Permitted carriers flexibility in use of their networks to maintain and restore service 5
  6. 6. Advancing Homeland Security Provided Support for Law Enforcement – Adopted the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) Order Extended the applicability of CALEA to interconnected VoIP and facilities-based broadband providers Promoted Emergency Preparedness – Developed Continuity of Operations Plans 6
  7. 7. Facilitated Broadband Deployment Advanced “universal, affordable access to broadband technology” – Promoted Regulatory Parity: DSL Order and NPRM Following the Supreme Court’s Brand X Decision, the DSL Order deregulated wireline broadband Internet access service as delivered by DSL technology placing it on equal regulatory footing with cable modem service 7
  8. 8. Facilitated Broadband Deployment Advanced “universal, affordable access to broadband technology” (cont.) – Promoted Net Neutrality: Internet Policy Statement – Broadband Data Collection Released the High Speed Services for Internet Access report Released the Trends in Telephone Service report 8
  9. 9. Promoted Competition Performed simultaneous review of two historic telecom mergers in unprecedented time frame – SBC/AT&T Verizon/MCI – Analyzed over 550 boxes of materials and millions of pages of data and other information – Assessed data for more than 5000 product and geographic markets – Enabled Commission to complete analyses and release orders in less than 9 months 9
  10. 10. Promoted Competition Transitioning to Competitive Markets – Qwest Omaha Forbearance Order – Verizon Pricing Flexibility Order Rationalizing the Intercarrier Compensation Regime – Intercarrier Compensation FNPRM Reduced Consumer Fees – PIC Change Charge Order 10
  11. 11. Promoted Competition Advanced Universal Service – Launched program improvements proceeding: Comprehensive Review NPRM First comprehensive review of the management, administration, and oversight of the federal universal service program Working to curb waste, fraud and abuse – Examining the non-rural disbursement process and the creation of a non-rural, insular mechanism: 10th Circuit/PRTC NPRM 11
  12. 12. WCB 2005 Accomplishments Agenda Items Released: 9 Circulation Items Released: 26 Forbearance Petitions Resolved: 12 Statistical Reports Released: 15 ARMIS Filings Processed: 2243 Tariff Filings Processed: 1186 12
  13. 13. Challenges for 2006 and Beyond Public Safety and Homeland Security – Improve 911 services for consumers of nomadic VoIP providers: VoIP/911 NPRM Broadband – Support continued broadband deployment Competition – Rationalize the intercarrier compensation regime – Reform of the universal service fund 13
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