LEC copper removal from commercial properties

Martin Hannigan hannigan at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 01:58:21 UTC 2022


At least in Boston, commercial property owners are receiving notices that
'copper  lines are being removed per FCC rules' and replaced with fiber.
The property owner, not the network operators (or users of unbundled
elements if that's even still a thing) are being presented with an
agreement that acknowledges the removal, authorizes the fiber installation
and provides for a minor oversight of the design. It suggests that no costs
are involved in terms of hosting equipment. No power reimbursement. No rent
for spaces used.

There is an ominous paragraph in the letter that says if the property owner
doesn't comply that tenants will lose all services including elevator
phones, alarms, voice, internet and any copper/ds0 originated services.
They didn't say 911, but that would go without saying.

Has anyone heard of this?
What FCC rule requires this?

Thanks for any insights.

Warm regards,

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