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(Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) An organization offering local telephone service that is not one of the traditional telephone companies. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed competition to the incumbent telcos (ILECs), enabling new companies (CLECs) to offer voice and data services via both landline and wireless delivery. Many specialize in one type such as fixed wireless or DSL, while others offer a range of services. Although the ILECs were required to offer their facilities and last-mile transport to the CLECs at a fair cost, many did not make the process simple or expedient.

Although most CLECs are established as a telecommunications service organization, any large company, university or city government has the option of becoming a CLEC and supplying its own employees with telephone service at reduced cost. It must have a telephone switch, satisfy state regulations, pay significant filing fees and also make its services available to outside customers. See ILEC, BLEC, ELEC and TELRIC.

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Customers include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, as well as operators of broadband wireless, cable and fiber networks.
com) operates as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) providing telecommunications services to approximately 21,000 residential customers in eight southeastern states.
Falcon Broadband is currently providing traditional phone service as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) throughout Colorado.
Competitive Local Exchange Carrier Strategies focuses on CLEC activities in both residential and business service sectors.
TechTel Communications, a Lubbock-based company, was the first Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) to offer DSL connectivity and local and long distance telephone service.
Continues Growth by Signing Two Competitive Local Exchange Carriers
MetaSwitch customers include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, as well as operators of broadband wireless, cable and fiber networks.
Qwest wholesale markets group is responsible for the sales, service, carrier relations and operations of voice, data and Internet solutions for Qwest's wholesale business serving competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), and other wholesale customers.
The FCC decision, first announced in 2004, alters the rules under which competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) order and pay for services leased from incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs).
as well as the competitive local exchange carriers MCImetro Access Transmission Services, LLC (MCI Local), and Comcast Phone of Pennsylvania, LLC d/b/a Comcast Digital Phone.

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