Windstream Says ILECs Must Continue To Offer DS1/DS3 Capacity Upon Change to Fiber or IP Transmission

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The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on a petition for declaratory ruling filed by Windstream Corporation (Windstream). In its petition, Windstream requests that the FCC issue a declaratory ruling to confirm that an incumbent local exchange carrier’s (ILEC) obligations to provide DS1 and DS3 capacity loops on an unbundled basis pursuant to Section 251(c)(3) of the Communications Act and Sections 51.319(a)(4) and 51.319(a)(5) of the FCC’s rules are not altered or eliminated either by replacement of copper with fiber or by the conversion of transmission from time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Internet Protocol (IP) format. Comments on Windstream’s petition are due on or before February 5, 2015, and reply comments are due March 9, 2015.

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