OUTCOMES It is doubtful that the unbundled network element platform created consumer benefits equivalent to the opportunity costs, because a great deal of the wealth transfer from incumbents to competitors never reached consumers.
In December 2004, the FCC effectively killed the unbundled network element platform when it decided that incumbents need not offer their competitors one of the elements--local switching.
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Under the agreement, Qwest has committed to provide Z-Tel with access to its Qwest Platform Plus Service (QPP) as a replacement to today's Unbundled Network Element Platform
(UNE-P) throughout its 14-state service area until July 2008.
In addition, for carriers that rely on unbundled network element platform
(UNE-P) to deliver services locally, the new XO services can provide an alternative to UNE-P by giving carriers a means to continue to provide local voice and integrated services to business customers.