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Court Upholds FCC Rules On Network Unbundling

Law360 (June 16, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a victory for federal regulators, a U.S. appeals court Friday upheld an attempt by the Federal Communication Commission to implement rules requiring the Baby Bell companies to rent parts of their networks to rivals.

The courts had struck down three prior attempts by the Commission to implement the network unbundling required by the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

"Because we conclude the Commission's fourth try is a charm, we deny all of the petitions for review," wrote Judge David Sentelle in his opinion.

The 1996 law forced...
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