Thus UNE loop prices introduce variability across geographic areas in the price of UNEs and UNE-Ps
faced by CLECs.
Competitive carriers affected by the ruling will be provided at least 12 months to convert the UNE-Ps
eliminated by the FCC's decision to other service offerings.
Over the past three years we have enhanced our product in several ways specifically to enable UNE-P
migration, in line with our tradition of anticipating change and offering customers viable, cost-effective technology solutions.
In effect, the offer to the Bell companies is UNE-P
price increases in exchange for reasonable reductions in the costs and necessary improvements in the provisioning required to support facilities-based competition.
In response to UNE-P
change, many competitors are migrating to VoIP softswitching to provide voice services, benefiting from the reduced costs associated with VoIP facilities vs.
It is the height of arrogance for them to complain about UNE-P
, particularly since they offer their own long distance service over a comparable 'long distance platform' arrangement.
It allows us to leverage Choice One's coverage in several markets and continue to offer competitive plans to our rapidly growing customer base without being forced to accept the terms demanded by the RBOCs in their UNE-P
The agreements with Level 3 allow Cyber Digital to evolve as an alternative to UNE-P
providers for mass market local circuit switching and high-capacity loops for broadband markets, for both residential and business customers.
Acceris continues to provide a full suite of voice and data services to residential and commercial customers, and is hopeful that it will re-enter the market for UNE-P
customers upon negotiating favorable terms for these services.
We can now move forward without the distraction of UNE-P
regulatory developments because our new agreement with Verizon provides us full access to the same features and functionalities that we have always relied on to provide service to our customers.
Regulation will play a bigger role in the success and failure of CLECs in the residential market as several leading CLECs continue to use various UNE-Ps
to offer local voice services to consumers," observes Khan.
The VoIP phone service is currently marketed under the myPhoneCompany brand and has created a credible alternative to UNE-P
for Xchange Telecom by using the Internet instead of leasing telephone lines to provide dial tone service to customers.