I had a chance to speak with CompTel/ALTS to get their comments on the Level 3 decision to withdraw forbearance petition. As you recall, the petition sought FCC clarification on the regulatory status of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).
According to Jonathan Lee, senior vice president, regulatory affairs CompTel/ALTS
"It is unfortunate for Level 3 and the entire community of VoIP service providers that the previous FCC leadership was unable to reach a consensus on this critical issue, despite having the full allotment of time allowed to consider the forbearance petition.
With the change of leadership at the FCC coming so close to the deadline for action on the petition, CompTel/ALTS believes Level 3 made a prudent decision to withdraw its petition at this time. With this decision, the new FCC will not be forced to rush to a hasty judgment and will have a fair opportunity to consider the various policy ramifications of the questions on which Level 3 seeks clarity. Nonetheless, the issues presented by Level 3 are important issues, which must be resolved expeditiously in order for this exciting technology to reach its full potential. CompTel/ALTS is optimistic that Chairman Martin will make these issues a priority."