Background:On February 26, 2013, a three-judge D.C. Circuit
Court Panel unanimously upheld a 2011 FCC order that seeks to drive down
the costs and reduce delays for telecom providers when attaching lines
and other equipment to utility poles for distributing their broadband
The following statement may be attributed to Kathleen Q. Abernathy,
Executive Vice President, External Affairs for Frontier Communications:
WASHINGTON -- (Business Wire)
"Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) applauds the DC Circuit Court’s
decision affirming an FCC order that requires all utility pole
attachment rates be "just and reasonable.” The court agreed with the
FCC’s conclusion that obtaining access to poles and other infrastructure
is critical to the deployment of telecommunications and broadband
services, particularly since "the expense of obtaining permits and
leasing pole attachments and rights-of-way can amount to 20% of the cost
of fiber deployment.” The FCC further stated that this practice of
over-charging for utility pole attachments can be a significant source
of cost and delay when building broadband networks.
Frontier Communications believes that the court’s decision is another
positive step in delivering broadband services to previously unserved
and underserved areas and eliminates an unnecessary financial hurdle.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) is an S&P 500 company
and is included in the FORTUNE 500 list of America’s largest
corporations. Frontier offers broadband, voice, satellite video,
wireless Internet data access, entertainment services like TumTiki.com,
data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for
residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced
business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states.
Frontier’s approximately 14,700 employees are based entirely in the
United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com.
Frontier Communications Corporation
Source: Frontier Communications Corporation
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