Federal Communications Law Journal

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53 Federal Communications Law Journal 27 (2000)


Since it began promulgating rules to implement the local competition provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC has been under attack in the courts. The road has been a rough one, and the Commission has lost on a good many issues. The Commission has regularly accused its opponents in these legal battles-chiefly the incumbent local exchange carriers-of using litigation to impede the implementation of the 1996 Act’s local competition provisions. As discussed in this Article, if litigation has in fact slowed the introduction of competition in the local exchange markets, the Commission itself must share some of the blame. The Commission might have encouraged more effectively the introduction of competition in the local markets had it taken an approach that was less antagonistic toward parties affected by its local competition rules and more defensible in light of the statute’s provisions.