|[March 06, 2014]
Granite Intends to Participate in IP Transition Technical Trials
QUINCY, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Seeking to ensure its customers continue to receive the most appropriate
technical solutions to suit their communications needs, Granite
Telecommunications, LLC, announced today that it serves numerous
businesses voice lines and other services within the two service centers
that AT&T (News - Alert) picked for its proposed first phase of the IP Technology
Transition trial in Carbon Hill, Alabama and in Kings Point, Palm Beach
County, Florida. Granite's presence in those locations is significant
because it is one of just a few Competitive Local Exchange Carriers
serving customers in those locations. Thus, the trial's impact on
Granite will serve as a bellwether for the trial's impact on competition.
"Customer service is of paramount importance to Granite and adopting new
technology is part of providing the best service. Granite is enthused
about the technology transition and only cautions that neither customers
nor competition should be left behind in the transition," stated Sam
Kline, Granite's Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.
The FCC (News - Alert), under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler, has encouraged
the development of technological innovation and has accelerated the
trials by providing a blueprint for trial proposals.
"While AT&T filed a proposal with the FCC, many details need to be
provided including the way Granite and its customers will receive
functionally equivalent products to ensure competition is preserved,"
explained Michael B. Galvin, Granite's General Counsel. "In the
meantime, Granite looks forward to working with AT&T and with the FCC."
About Granite Telecommunications (News - Alert)
Granite provides communications products to multi-location businesses
throughout the United States and Canada. Granite's core services are
local and long distance telephone services, which Granite centralizes
and offers a single point of billing and contact for its customers over
incumbent carrier networks. Granite offers an array of other
communications products, including broadband data, network and voice
services, inside wiring and alarm and security and monitoring
installation and services. Granite furnishes services to more than
two-thirds of the Fortune 100 companies in the United States, and 1.3
million phone lines under management. Granite employs over 1,200 people.
For more information, visit www.granitenet.com.
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