FCC Rules Out!
Okay, so maybe it's not quite that important. But the FCC's final report for its Triennial Review, which is officially entitled "Review of the Section 251 Unbundling Obligations of Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers; Implement of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Deployment of Wireline Services Offering Advanced Telecommunications Capability; Appropriate Framework for Broadband Access to the Internet over Wireline Facilities," have kept telecom industry mavens (and mostly lawyers) in limbo for six months after originally being promised in March 2003.
They've just been released by the FCC, and can be found here.
So what's it all mean? Well, the FCC took six months to put it all together... so you'll have to give us at least 12 hours to put together some analysis. In the morning we'll probably be greeted with a fresh round of press releases as telecom companies and industry groups react. Some of the FCC board members have already publicized their own takes. For political pomp and circumstance, the individual statements by FCC board members can be read here.
The long-awaited document was originally supposed to be published in March after the board's rulemaking meeting in February, but, alas, the civil servants took a little longer than anticipated to cook it up. And though some horror stories about its projected length (800 pages -- gasp!) were a tad overboard, it appears to have weighed in at a respectable 576 pages (See Is the FCC on Holiday?, The FCC Waiting Game, and New FCC Rules: 600 Pages? )
— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading