Calif. Regulators Revisit Packet-Access Rule

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The California Public Utilities Commission has reversed a 2004 ruling on access to packet-switched networks -- an action that Verizon Communications Inc. said will ease its migration into advanced services such as video.

The 2004 ruling required that Verizon had to make its new technology platform, also known as Internet-protocol switching, accessible to competitors at wholesale rates.

Because of the state policy, the telephone company delayed investment in the technology, which will allow improved integration, increased flexibility and greater economies of scale for its fiber-to-the-premises video plant.

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