Time Warner Cable issued a short statement today praising a recent "declaratory ruling" on a petition submitted by the cable operator to the agency related to rural telco interconnection. The ruling basically says that local telephone companies must work with telecommunications companies to enable interconnection between networks, and traffic exchanges. The company went on to say that it has been trying to enter into rural communities in Maine – unsuccessfully – for the last three years.
Time Warner’s short statement below:
Press Statement Regarding the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling on Time Warner Cable’s Petition Relating to Rural Telco Interconnection
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Warner Cable applauds the FCC’s decision reaffirming that competitive telecommunications carriers have the right to interconnect their networks and exchange traffic with all local telephone companies, including in rural areas. Time Warner Cable and its wholesale provider, CRC Communications, have been seeking to enter several rural communities in Maine for the past three years but have been thwarted by incumbent providers’ flat refusal to enter into interconnection agreements. This ruling will help eliminate entry barriers and promote increased voice competition and broadband deployment not only in Maine, but in rural areas throughout the country.