Interconnection Agreement

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Having a thorough understanding of the protocol of an interconnection agreement is a must for anyone looking to become a CLEC. If your intention is to do just that, then it is crucial that you understand the sometimes intricate workings of such an agreement. When you throw in the fact that in many states, PUC approval of agreements is necessary, it is easy to see how understanding the process beforehand can save you from possible headaches and frustration once you've begun your move to become a CLEC.

An Interconnection Agreement: Just the Facts

When you become a CLEC, an interconnection agreement must be decided on with the ILEC whose network you intend to access. In many cases, this will require the approval of a state's public utilities commission, so it's important to know the requirements of the state where you plan to operate. Again, the inner workings of these agreements can be imposing, especially if you are just setting out and are still in the information-gathering stage of your pursuit to acquire CLEC status.

With this challenge in mind, you might be wondering what resources are available that can help you to have the know-how you need to be a successful, profitable CLEC. You have the option to go it alone, but when you consider that many established companies have already blazed the trail, it could be in your best interest to seek out the expertise of an experienced CLEC. Additionally, some CLECs function in the dual role of CLEC consultants, so this option could be a great way to get a step-by-step initiation into the operation of a successful CLEC.

Ultimately, the choice is yours as to how to go about becoming a profitable CLEC. Keep in mind, though, that as the market expands--and it will only continue to do so thanks to recent Supreme Court legislation--the competition for unlocked revenue potential will only become more fierce.

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