Wireline Bureau Proposes Releasing List of Wire Centers with Nearby Alternative Fiber

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The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has released a Public Notice proposing to publicly release the list of common language location identification (CLLI) codes for price cap incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) wire centers that have alternative fiber within a half mile.  This list of CLLI codes is based on WCB’s analysis of highly confidential information submitted in response to the Commission’s 2015 special access data collection, and, if released, would “reveal anonymized information about the proximity of fiber networks derived from competitive fiber maps” and “a list of price cap incumbent LEC wire centers with nearby fiber,” as directed by the Commission in the agency’s recently adopted unbundled network element (UNE) transport order.

WCB has asked parties who object to the CLLI codes’ release to explain why publication of the information “will reveal information they have not already made available to the public and will harm them competitively” and to furthermore describe the extent of the harm the parties believe release of the CLLI codes will cause.  The deadline for filing objections to the publication of the CLLI codes is July 29.

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John focuses his practice on guiding clients through sophisticated and complex telecom and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation disputes. His practice includes representing US and international telecom carriers in both federal and state courts, as well as in regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission and state agencies. John also helps defend companies against allegations of TCPA violations and advises brands, marketers, and platform providers on TCPA compliance and risk mitigation strategies. John is also a member of Womble Bond Dickinson's TCPA Defense Force, where he regularly contributes on matters to TCPA litigation and regulatory proceedings.