Technical definitions

*CLEC/ILEC –  A CLEC is a mini telephone company. CLEC stands for Competitive Local Exchange Carrier. These carriers are a result of the telecommunications act of 1996. This act sparked competition between local and long distance telephone carriers. An ILEC is an incumbent local exchange carrier. This is a U.S. telephone company that was providing local service when the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted.

*RBOC stands for Regional Bell operating company. RBOC is a term describing one of the U.S. regional telephone companies or their successors. These are the entities that were created as a result of the breakup of American Telephone and Telegraph.

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