Rule Changes Could Alter Telecom Landscape
Regulators will soon alter the rules governing the obligations of the Regional Bell Operating Companies toward their competitors. The stakes are high, and small-business users have the most to lose.As early as this week, regulators plan to issue the latest in a series of rewritten rules governing the obligations of the Regional Bell Operating Companies toward their competitors. The stakes are high in the perennial war between the RBOCs and rival carriers, but if regulators dont get the new rules right, it could be small-business users who have the most to lose. Small businesses, which dont have the leverage to negotiate contracts with carriers the way large businesses can, increasingly have turned to CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers) for service. In cities, CLECs serve nearly one-third of the small-business market.
IQ Wired Inc., a small technology consultancy in Denver, switched to Cbeyond Communications LLC about three years ago to take advantage of the CLECs affordable bundle of voice and high-speed data services, said Tatiana Finkelsteyn, president of IQ Wired.