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From the Federal Communications Commission: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau http://wireless.fcc.gov/statements/5-13-99.html Statement of Thomas Sugrue Statement of Thomas J. Sugrue Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Federal Communications Commission Before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection Committee on Commerce United States House of Representatives On Access to Buildings and Facilities by Telecommunications Providers May 13, 1999 Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, and Members of the Subcommittee: INTRODUCTION Good morning. I am Thomas Sugrue, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. I welcome this opportunity to address the Subcommittee as it considers how best to ensure that residential and business customers located in multiple dwelling units ("MDUs"), such as apartment and office buildings, will have reasonable opportunities to obtain advanced and innovative local telecommunications services and video programming services from competitive service providers. IMPORTANCE OF FACILITIES-BASED COMPETITION The Commission has worked hard to implement a principal goal of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") -- the promotion of competition in local telecommunications markets. As you well know, the 1996 Act contemplated three entry strategies for local competitors: use of their own physical facilities, use of unbundled elements of the incumbents' networks, and resale of the incumbents' services. All three of these entry strategies remain important as means of introducing competition, and the Commission continues to take actions to facilitate all three. In the long term, however, the most substantial benefits to consumers will be achieved through facilities-based competition. Only facilities-based competitors can avoid reliance on bottleneck local network facilities. Only facilities-based competition can fully unleash competing providers' abilities and incentives to pursue publicly beneficial innovation. Facilities-based competition is important not only for the efficient and ubiquitous provision of basic telecommunications services, but also for the availability of advanced and innovative
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services. In a competitive local telecommunications market, competitors will have the incentive to provide advanced features, such as broadband access, and innovative service packages in order to attract customers to their offerings. This pro-consumer result will be achieved in a timely and efficient manner, however, only in the context of full facilities-based competition by service providers using all delivery technologies. Moreover, the benefits of competition cannot be fully realized unless competitive local telecommunications services can be made available to all consumers, including both businesses and residential customers, regardless of where they live or whether they own or rent their premises. To the extent that certain classes of customers are unnecessarily
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