ASCENT Opposes Tauzin/Dingell Legislation

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Association of Communications Enterprises

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 following statement was made today by Ernest B. Kelly, III, president of the
 Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT), at a joint press
 conference of associations and companies representing competitive
 communications carriers and consumers who are in opposition to the proposed
 "Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001" (HR____).
 
     "ASCENT concurs that the interLATA relief aspect of this bill will result
 in the removal of incentives for the RBOCs to open their local market.  But
 more importantly, we believe that the most devastating aspect of this bill,
 and its real purpose, lies in its exemption of advanced services from resale
 and unbundling obligations. Under the innocent sounding terminology of a
 "conforming amendment" (to the '96 Act), a section of this bill seeks to close
 these emerging markets to competitors, particularly the small, private
 companies and entrepreneurs that constitute the heart of our membership. The
 BOCs and their advocates would cheerfully concede outmoded, legacy services to
 competitors in return for monopoly privileges over the future of the industry.
     In our lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission, ASCENT
 directly challenged the belief that advanced services are not subject to the
 resale and unbundling obligations of Section 251 of the Act. The DC Court of
 Appeals, after reviewing the law, and hearing from all interested parties
 found not only that the Congress intended to have these services and
 obligations apply, but they cannot be avoided simply by the formation of a
 separate advanced data affiliate.
     In summary, we believe this bill would completely overturn the central
 requirement of the '96 Telecommunications Act that the incumbent must open
 their networks to competitors. Secondly it creates a renewed opportunity for
 the RBOCs to further their monopoly in advanced services, which we believe is
 the central purpose behind the bill."
 
     Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) --
 http://www.ascent.org -- is the leading trade organization of entrepreneurial
 communications firms and their suppliers. ASCENT member companies provide a
 full range of communications services utilizing narrowband, broadband and
 wireless technologies. They share a common desire for new business
 opportunities, technological innovation, managerial excellence, and adherence
 to high ethical standards. ASCENT's mission is to open all communications
 markets to full and fair competition and to help member companies design and
 implement successful business plans. Formerly the Telecommunications Resellers
 Association (TRA), ASCENT was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C.
 
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SOURCE Association of Communications Enterprises
    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 following statement was made today by Ernest B. Kelly, III, president of the
 Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT), at a joint press
 conference of associations and companies representing competitive
 communications carriers and consumers who are in opposition to the proposed
 "Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001" (HR____).
 
     "ASCENT concurs that the interLATA relief aspect of this bill will result
 in the removal of incentives for the RBOCs to open their local market.  But
 more importantly, we believe that the most devastating aspect of this bill,
 and its real purpose, lies in its exemption of advanced services from resale
 and unbundling obligations. Under the innocent sounding terminology of a
 "conforming amendment" (to the '96 Act), a section of this bill seeks to close
 these emerging markets to competitors, particularly the small, private
 companies and entrepreneurs that constitute the heart of our membership. The
 BOCs and their advocates would cheerfully concede outmoded, legacy services to
 competitors in return for monopoly privileges over the future of the industry.
     In our lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission, ASCENT
 directly challenged the belief that advanced services are not subject to the
 resale and unbundling obligations of Section 251 of the Act. The DC Court of
 Appeals, after reviewing the law, and hearing from all interested parties
 found not only that the Congress intended to have these services and
 obligations apply, but they cannot be avoided simply by the formation of a
 separate advanced data affiliate.
     In summary, we believe this bill would completely overturn the central
 requirement of the '96 Telecommunications Act that the incumbent must open
 their networks to competitors. Secondly it creates a renewed opportunity for
 the RBOCs to further their monopoly in advanced services, which we believe is
 the central purpose behind the bill."
 
     Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) --
 http://www.ascent.org -- is the leading trade organization of entrepreneurial
 communications firms and their suppliers. ASCENT member companies provide a
 full range of communications services utilizing narrowband, broadband and
 wireless technologies. They share a common desire for new business
 opportunities, technological innovation, managerial excellence, and adherence
 to high ethical standards. ASCENT's mission is to open all communications
 markets to full and fair competition and to help member companies design and
 implement successful business plans. Formerly the Telecommunications Resellers
 Association (TRA), ASCENT was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C.
 
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