A broad coalition of telecommunications carriers is asking the FCC to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to determine the proper treatment of MPLS-based services for regulatory and Universal Service purposes.  The coalition, which includes Verizon, XO, Level 3, Qwest and four other carriers, are providers of services based on the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology.  The carriers recently met with advisors to the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and urged the FCC to clarify prospectively the proper treatment of services based on this technology.

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