The U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia this week upheld its earlier decision that incumbent local exchange carriers should not be forced to share lines with broadband competitors. Line-sharing occurs when an ILEC provides voice service and a competitive carriers provides a high-speed data service over the same local loop.
After the court made its original ruling in May, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission had asked the court to reconsider its ruling. The court did not change its decision though, saying the FCC did not take into account the cost ILECs pay for equipment that must be shared with competitors. The FCC has until January, 2003 to come up with a new system for line-sharing.