[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 143 (Wednesday, July 25, 2001)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 38611]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-18516]



47 CFR Part 51

[CC Docket No. 96-98; DA 01-1648]

Update and Refresh Record on Rules Adopted in 1996 Local 
Competition Docket

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: This document invites parties to update and refresh the record 
on issues pertaining to the rules the Commission adopted in the First 
Report and Order in CC Docket No. 96-98, Implementation of the Local 
Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

DATES: Comments are due August 24, 2001 and reply comments are due 
September 10, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Reel, Attorney Advisor, 
Policy and Program Planning Division, Common Carrier Bureau, (202) 418-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's 
document regarding CC Docket No. 96-98, released on July 11, 2001. The 
complete text of this document is available for inspection and copying 
during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, 
Courtyard Level, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC, and also may be 
purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, International 
Transcription Services (ITS, Inc.), CY--B400, 445 12th Street, S.W., 
Washington, DC. It is also available on the Commission's website at 


    1. On August 8, 1996, the Commission released the Local Competition 
First Report and Order (61 FR 45476) as required by the 
Telecommunications Act of 1996. Many of the parties filed petitions for 
reconsideration of that Order and there has been significant litigation 
concerning many of the rules adopted in that Order. At this time, only 
certain rules concerning combination and pricing of unbundled network 
elements remain in dispute. Now that the issues in dispute have 
narrowed, the Commission will address petitions for reconsideration 
relating to rules that are not the subject of pending litigation. Since 
many of these petitions were filed several years ago, the passage of 
time and intervening developments may have rendered the record 
developed by those petitions stale. Moreover, some issues raised in 
petition for reconsideration may have become moot or irrelevant in 
light of intervening events.
    2. For these reasons, the Commission requests that parties that 
filed petitions for reconsideration in 1996 addressing issues that are 
not subject to pending litigation now file a supplemental notice 
indicating which of such issues they still wish to be reconsidered. In 
addition, parties may refresh the record with any new information or 
arguments they believe to be relevant to deciding such issues. To the 
extent parties do not indicate an intent to pursue their respective 
petitions for reconsideration, the petitions will be deemed withdrawn 
and will be dismissed. The refreshed record will enable the Commission 
to undertake appropriate reconsideration of its local competition 

List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 51

    Communications common carriers, Interconnection.

    Federal Communications Commission.
Michelle M. Carey,
Chief, Policy and Program Planning Division, Common Carrier Bureau.
[FR Doc. 01-18516 Filed 7-24-01; 8:45 am]