The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces is has recommended SBC Communications Inc. be fined $94,500 for apparently violating an FCC collocation rule and conditions that the FCC imposed pursuant to its approval of the merger application of SBC and Ameritech.

“We find that SBC Communications Inc. has apparently violated the commission’s rule requiring incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) promptly to post notices of premises that have run out of collocation space. These violations were discovered through an independent audit of SBC’s compliance with the commission’s collocation rules. Based upon our review of the facts and circumstances surrounding this matter, we find that SBC is apparently liable for a forfeiture in the amount of $94,500,” the FCC says in its report.

SBC is an ILEC that provides local telephone service in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, California, Nevada, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut. At the end of 1999, SBC served nearly 60 million local exchange access lines in its 13-state region, and served customers in 23 countries. SBC also provides in-region interLATA, wireless, Internet access, out-of-region interLATA, cable and wireless television, security monitoring, and directory publishing services.  In 1999, SBC had total operating revenues of more than $49 billion.

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