Commissioner Clyburn Statement on Rural Call Completion Consent Decree
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March 12, 2013
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STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURN
ON RURAL CALL COMPLETION CONSENT DECREE WITH LEVEL 3“I am pleased that the Commission continues to take steps to address call completion problems
in rural America. Today's consent decree announcement is a welcome development in this
critical area. Call completion failures stifle entrepreneurship and economic development in rural
communities, and public safety is jeopardized when consumers cannot reliably complete a call,
which can literally make a life or death difference.
“Therefore, I want to express my gratitude to the Enforcement Bureau for its diligent
investigation of this matter. The performance commitment in the consent decree, coupled with
access to rural call completion data of intermediate carriers is a big step in the right direction.
“In order to better protect consumers, the Commission must continue its efforts in this area,
taking any and all actions that may be necessary to address this issue once and for all. I urge the
staff to press forward on any other related investigations. I also look forward to concluding our
pending NPRM proceeding to require the collection and maintenance of relevant call completion
information. Our work to completely resolve call completion problems must not cease until this
issue has been satisfactorily resolved.”
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