Urban/Rural Classification of Verizon Central Offices in Texas



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Urban/Rural Classification of Verizon Central Offices in Texas


Verizon DSL

Urban/Rural Classification

Of

Verizon Central Offices



In

Texas


Version 1.0
August 1, 2000



1 OVERVIEW 3

2 Conditions 3

3 Classification Process 4

3.1 Density 5

3.2 Verizon - Texas Wire Center Composition 6

4 Wire Center Details 7

5 CONCLUSION AND NEXT STEPS 16




Figure 1: MSAs within The United States and the Verizon footprint 6

Figure 2: Verizon - Texas Wire Center Classification 7



Table 1: Verizon Texas Wire Center Density Classifications 7



  1. OVERVIEW

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set several conditions for the deployment of xDSL services in conjunction with the its approval of the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. These conditions are the same as those the FCC applied to the earlier merger of SBC and Ameritech. The xDSL conditions are designed to promote the “equitable and efficient deployment of Advanced Services” including xDSL. This document addresses the classification of wire centers as outlined in Section IV. Non-discriminatory Rollout of xDSL Services of the merger conditions included in CC Docket No. 98-184, Memorandum Opinion and Order (Adopted and Released June 16, 2000, “FCC Merger Order”) for the Verizon footprint in the state of Texas only. Specifically it describes the process utilized in categorizing Central Offices as urban or rural.



  1. Conditions

Below is an excerpt from the FCC’s Merger Order pertaining to the conditions of the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger regarding xDSL services.


IV. Non-discriminatory Rollout of xDSL Services
Bell Atlantic/GTE shall take the following steps to ensure that its deployment of xDSL services (viewed on an aggregated basis and including existing deployment, without regard to the entity through which Bell Atlantic/GTE provides those services) in the Bell Atlantic/GTE Service Area is not discriminatory:
a. In consultation with the relevant state commission, if the state commission chooses to engage in such consultation, Bell Atlantic/GTE shall within 90 days of the Merger Closing Date reasonably classify all Bell Atlantic/GTE wire centers as either urban or rural wire centers for purposes of this Paragraph.
b. Bell Atlantic/GTE shall identify the 10 percent of urban wire centers within the Bell Atlantic/GTE Service Area in each Bell Atlantic/GTE State that have the greatest number of low-income households, as estimated by using the latest available census data (“Low Income Urban Pool”). After the date that is 180 days after the Merger Closing Date, by the time Bell Atlantic/GTE has deployed xDSL in at least 20 urban wire centers in a particular state, and for at least 36 months thereafter, at least 10 percent of the urban wire centers in which Bell Atlantic/GTE deploy xDSL in that state shall be wire centers from the Low Income Urban Pool.
c. Bell Atlantic/GTE shall identify the 10 percent of rural wire centers within the Bell Atlantic/GTE Service Area in each Bell Atlantic/GTE State that have the greatest number of low-income households, as estimated by using the latest available census data (“Low Income Rural Pool”). After the date that is 180 days after the Merger Closing Date, by the time Bell Atlantic/GTE has deployed xDSL in at least 20 rural wire centers in a particular state, and for at least 36 months thereafter, at least 10 percent of the rural wire centers in which Bell Atlantic/GTE deploys xDSL in that state shall be wire centers from the Low Income Rural Pool.”

In other words, if twenty wire centers have been deployed within a state and for 36 months thereafter, ten percent of the urban wire centers must be from the Low Income Urban Pool of wire centers, beginning 180 days after the close of the merger. The same is true for the rural wire centers.





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