The Wireline Competition Bureau works to ensure that all Americans have access to robust, affordable broadband and voice services. Its programs help ensure access to affordable communications for schools, libraries, health care providers, and rural and low-income consumers. It works to protect consumers and foster competition, especially for the services that small businesses need, and ensure a sustainable policy framework for competitors that rely on the facilities of others. It reviews communications industry transactions and conducts rulemakings and proceedings to ensure the availability of key inputs for communications providers, such as access to utility poles and rights of way. And it provides the public with accurate and comprehensive data about communications services, including broadband.



Bureau Chief

Trent Harkrader


Phone: (202) 418-1500

Fax: (202) 418-2825



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2015 Section 251 Wireline Network Changes

January 14, 2016
All FCC Section 251 Wireline Network Change Public Notices are referenced in the Daily Digest . Copies may be obtained during regular business hours...

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