Forbearance Survival Guide for CLECs: Planning for and Coping with Impending Elimination of UNEs


On May 4, 2018, USTelecom, the trade association that represents LECs, in particular AT&T and Verizon, filed a petition for forbearance (i.e. relief) from certain provisions of the Communications Act that require the major ILECs to open their networks through the provision of unbundled network elements (UNEs) and other services.  If granted, this petition will effectively phase out CLECs access to UNEs at the present economic and operational terms.  Moreover, it will set the stage at some point in the future for the ILECs to withdraw these services from the market altogether.  CLECs that still utilize these components of the ILEC’s network will need to quickly determine their strategy on how to deal with these changes to avoid negative impacts to their businesses.

In a webinar hosted by The CommLaw Group and Cloud Age Solutions, industry experts address the impact of the petition and discuss how CLECs can prepare.

Specifically, the webinar covers:

  • What would the petition for forbearance do?
  • What does it mean to CLECs?
  • How can I prepare?
  • Glide-Path to Minimal Disruption.
  • Risk Mitigation.

View the Webinar Here

About the Panelists

Robert Jackson is Of Counsel at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, and brings a wealth of knowledge and 40 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of communications and technology issues. He is an attorney, government relations professional, and former telecom company executive with broad experience addressing the legal and regulatory aspects of financial, technical and marketing issues associated with the telecommunications, Internet and video distribution industries. Mr. Jackson is equally well-versed in transactional work, litigation, administrative agency advocacy and compliance.

Chris Lee, CEO / Cloud Age Solutions, is Founder and CEO of Cloud Age Solutions. He has over 30 years experience building successful companies in the telecommunications, networking and software industries. An expert in network design, cost management and optimization, Chris worked for MCI, Teleglobe and CBS before co-founding Broadmargin, Inc. Broadmargin grew to become the largest Telecom Expense Management (TEM) firm in the service provider market, managing over $8 billion of telecom cost annually.

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