This blog is the first of a two part series on regulated or “special access” for copper. This discussion is particular to the US, especially regarding the breakup of the Bell System. However, there are similar regulatory considerations worldwide, especially regarding shared access to new fiber facilities.
Before we get to the details of special access, it’s worth taking a look at how we got to the current situation. For those who came in late (and as a reminder for the rest of us), let’s fire up the WABAC machine and revisit the composition and breakup of the original AT&T, along with the beginnings of the CLECs.