[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 156 (Monday, August 13, 2001)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 42499]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-20227]



47 CFR Part 51

[CC Docket No. 96-98; DA 01-1658]

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 September 12, 2001 and reply comments are due 
September 27, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Johnson, Attorney Advisor, 
Network Services Division, Common Carrier Bureau, (202) 418-2320.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's 
document regarding CC Docket No. 96-98, released on July 12, 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, SW., 
Washington, DC. It is also available on the Commission's website at: 


    1. On August 8, 1996, the Commission released the Local Competition 
Second Report and Order, FCC 96-333, 61 FR 47284 (September 6, 1996), 
as required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Many of the parties 
filed petitions for reconsideration of that order. The Commission 
subsequently resolved a majority of these petitions but due to the 
significant litigation arising from the rules adopted in the Local 
Competition Second Report and Order, several petitions remain 
unresolved. Specifically, the remaining petitions seek reconsideration 
of the rules governing intraLATA toll dialing parity pursuant to 
section 251(b)(3) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Act), and 
network change disclosure rules pursuant to section 251(c)(5) of the 
Act. 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 following release of the Local 
Competition Second Report and Order identify issues from that order 
that remain unresolved now and supplement those petitions, in writing, 
to indicate which findings and rules they still wish to be 
reconsidered. To the extent that intervening events have materially 
altered the circumstances surrounding filed petitions or the relief 
sought by filing parties, those entities may refresh the record with 
new information or arguments related to their original filings that 
they believe to be relevant to the issues. The previously filed 
petitions will be deemed withdrawn and will be dismissed if parties do 
not indicate in writing an intent to pursue their respective petitions 
for reconsideration. The refreshed record will enable the Commission to 
undertake appropriate and expedited reconsideration of its local 
competition rules.

List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 51

    Communications common carriers, Interconnection.

Federal Communications Commission.
Diane Griffin Harmon,
Acting Chief, Network Services Division Common Carrier Bureau.
[FR Doc. 01-20227 Filed 8-10-01; 8:45 am]