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Press Release -- June 14th, 2011
Source: Birch Communications
Tags: CLEC, Exchange, VoIP

Birch Communications Leaders Pleased with U.S. Supreme Court Decision Affirming Cost-Based Pricing for CLECs

Atlanta, GA – June 14, 2011-Leaders within Birch Communications, Inc., a leading IP-based telecommunications and managed services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses, applaud last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring AT&T to lease entrance facilities for interconnection purposes to other carriers at cost-based rates. These transmission facilities connect competitive providers’ networks with the incumbent LEC network for the mutual exchange of telecommunications traffic.

“This is a victory for the competitive telecom industry. The recent ruling emphasized the details defined in the original Telecom Act of 1996, and ends some of the individual state struggles between CLECs and incumbent providers,” said Vincent M. Oddo, Birch’s president and chief executive officer. “In affirming the statutory right of competitive carriers to obtain cost-based interconnection, this decision provides much needed certainty for the future.”

“The high court's support of the FCC's decision in this case demonstrates unequivocally that the competitive protections in the federal telecom act are still the law of the land,” said Chris Bunce, vice president, legal, and general counsel for Birch.

About Birch Communications
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small- and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Birch services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, mobile voice and data, e-mail, voicemail, prepaid, and many other communications and information technology services. Birch voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the company’s secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.

According to Inc. 500|5000 magazine in its 2004, 2009 and 2010 rankings, Birch was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In 2010, Birch was also named the 7th fastest growing private business in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit www.birch.com for more information.

Contact:
Laura Wagner, Manager, Marketing
laura.wagner@birch.com
816.300.1519

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