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Commissioner Clyburn Statement on Technology Transitions Presentation

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Released: June 13, 2014
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Statement of Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn

Technology Transitions Presentation

June 13, 2014

While we cannot see around every corner of the journey, we can make each step count

along the way.

In voting to approve the Technology Transitions Order, I stated that a properly structured

trial will provide the Commission and our state partners the data needed to make informed

decisions on how best to modernize our rules, while upholding the Act’s core values of

competition, consumer protection, universal service, and public safety.

Meaningful information helps to facilitate good policy. So I am pleased that the Bureau is

taking steps to ensure that we have the internal capabilities to collect and analyze data regarding

any experiments or trials.

At the same time, I have heard concerns that AT&T’s proposed trial, has yet to satisfy the

parameters set forth by the Commission and is currently not ready for approval.

Before we can move forward and approve any trial, we need reasonable solutions that

properly address the needs of all consumers. Four percent of the residents in Carbon Hill,

Alabama, have been identified as being at risk under the proposed framework. When it comes to

assessing the critical communications needs of these consumers, 96% is not an A. We cannot

nor will we ever contemplate leaving them behind.

AT&T has indicated that it does not intend to seek FCC approval to discontinue any

legacy TDM services until mid-2015, and I am hopeful that the concerns will be addressed by

that time. I will maintain a keen eye on these consumers, as well as any proposed solution that

will address the needs of all retail and wholesale customers.

I would like to thank the staff in Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of General

Counsel, for the presentation today.

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