NT 1310 Unit 2 Assignment 1
Unit 2. Assignment 1. Service Provider Types
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
In this assignment, you will compare service provider types.
In a 1-page paper, compare the different service provide types: RBOCS, ILEC, CLEC, MSO and ISP.
Write a short paragraph on each describing what they are and why they’re important to telecommunications. Be sure to describe each of the service provider types and why they’re important to telecommunications.
Submit a 1 page Word document; double-spaced; Times New Roman 12 pt font. Cite all sources used.
Service Provider Types
On January 1 the Bell System ceases to exist. In its place are seven Regional Bell Operating Companies and a new AT&T that retains its long distance telephone, manufacturing, and research and development operations. 
RBOCS stands for Regional Bell Operating Companies. These seven companies were established after an antitrust suit against AT&T on January 8, 1982. It split the company into seven regional companies that handle local exchange service. They are also known as “Baby Bells.” These companies handled almost all of the telephone services across the country. 
Regional Bell Operating Companies:
Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers are telephone companies (RBOCs) that existed before the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 went into effect. In this landmark piece of legislation by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), the Baby Bells (RBOCs) were allowed to offer long-distance and
Internet access in exchange for sharing their networks with new competition. 
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 says that Baby Bells have to sell space on their existing landline telephone networks at a fair price to anyone who requests it. 
CLEC is an acronym for competitive local exchange carriers. It is a telephone company that competes