Infrastructure Sharing Agreements
Pursuant to 47 USC 259(b)(7), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prescribed regulations that require all incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC) to make public switched network infrastructure, technology, information, and telecommunications facilities and functions available to qualifying carriers, which enables a qualifying carrier to provide telecommunications services, or access to information services, in the service area where the qualifying carrier has obtained designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) under 47 USC 214(e). A qualifying carrier is defined as a telecommunications carrier that lacks certain economies of scale or scope and that offers telephone exchange service, exchange access, and any other service that is included in universal service, to all consumers without preference throughout its designated ETC service area.
According to 47 CFR 59.2(f), an ILEC shall file with the state, or, if the state has made no provision to accept such filings, with the FCC, for public inspection, any tariffs, contracts, or other arrangements showing the rates, terms, and conditions under which such carrier is making available public switched network infrastructure, technology, information and telecommunications facilities and functions pursuant to this part.
Commissions Own Motion to Implement Provisions of 47 CFR 59.2(f)
U-15771 Infrastructure Sharing Agreement between Chatham Telephone Company and the Hiawatha Companies (Chippewa County Telephone Company, Hiawatha Telephone Company, Midway Telephone Company, and Ontonagon Telephone Company)