Search Results: "CLEC"
Pronounced see-lek. Short for competitive local exchange carrier, a telephone company that competes with an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) such as a Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC), GTE, ALLNET, etc.http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/CLEC.html
In telecommunications, a shared loop refers to a loop, or subscriber line, that is shared by a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) and an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC), providing both DSL and voice service over the same line. In late 1999, the FCC passed the Advance Services Third Report and Order, allowing CLECs to gain access to the high-frequency portion of the local loop from incumbent providers.http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/shared_loop.html
Short for unbundled network element, parts of a network that ILECs are required to offer to their customers on an unbundled basis. Important to CLEC telecommunications networking is the availability of UNEs (through a collocation arrangement).http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/U/UNE.html
Short for interconnection agreement, a contract between a requesting carrier or CLEC and an ILEC for UNEs, collocation, resale, access to poles, conduits and right of way, physical interconnection and compensation for the exchange of traffic between the two networks.
Section 252 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 sets out the methods to secure an IA and a few of the substantive requirements.http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/IA.html
Short for direct inward dialing (also known as direct dialing inward), a service of an LEC or local phone company that allows an organization to have numerous individual phone numbers for each person or workstation in its PBX system that run off of a small block of dedicated telephone numbers. DID allows the multiple lines to be connected to the PBX all at once without requiring each to have a physical line connecting to the PBX.http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/D/DID.html
Short for incumbent local exchange carrier. An ILEC is a telephone company that was providing local service when the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted.http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/ILEC.html