At Fierce Telecom, our Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman has an op-ed examining complaints from competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) about the transition to all-IP networks. An excerpt:

It never really made sense to me why special access customers—primarily business customers—would want to (or should) be stuck with decades-old technology rather than using IP-based networks to reach their customers in new ways. But the argument of some CLECs that we need to preserve the old technologies (really, preserve the CLECs’ business models) for the benefit of special access customers is starting to fall apart. And it’s falling apart without government intervention, through the use of private, market-based agreements.

Head on over to Fierce Telecom for Mehlman’s full op-ed.