If you’ve got by no means thought of getting your telecom providers from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC), the latest mergers of SBC+AT&T and MCI+Verizon would possibly warrant giving them a glance.
There are two methods CLECs present telecommunication providers: they’ve constructed their very own community and swap or they buy the providers from established carriers and resell it to their prospects.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 eliminated the antiquated laws that stymied competitors between telecommunication carriers by permitting firms to construct their very own regional space networks and switches. This portion of the Act additionally compelled established carriers to permit entry to their nationwide and international telecommunications loops. The Act additionally mandated that established carriers needed to promote telecommunication providers at wholesale costs to CLECs. (Don’t really feel sorry for the established carriers; we customers paid for his or her gear in the course of the many years of regulated charges.)
By their very nature, CLECs confine their buyer base to regional areas however they supply the identical providers because the established carriers: lengthy distance and native calling (together with VoIP), Internet, and cable providers. Many supply packages with options for which established carriers cost further.
If you are rethinking your telecommunication prices, give your “neighborhood” CLEC an opportunity to point out you what they’ve to supply. Regardless of the kind of CLEC(s) in your space, utilizing one can have a constructive influence in your backside line.