Indiana Launches LEC Competition

Fortnightly Magazine - October 15 1996
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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (URC) has opened the state's local telephone market to competition by ordering local exchange carriers (LECs) to offer "bundled resale" of retail local exchange and related services.

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The ruling applies to the state's two major LECs, Ameritech and GTE North, as well as to other smaller companies subject to the provisions of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Act). (Of the state's 40 LECs, all but two are considered "rural" carriers qualified to seek exemption from the new federal telephone reforms.) The ruling permits resale competition in the service territory of any LEC that does not seek an exemption from the federal rules.

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