Starting July 1st 2017 carriers are implementing the sixth step in the Terminating Switched End Office Access Service reductions benchmarking requirement set forth in the FCC’s 11-161.
This includes a major change to how switched access pricing of tandem switched connections are made. There can be a 2:1 variation or more of the cost. For the RBOCS and ILECs the pricing elements to be used are no longer determined by only the OCN of an Access Tandem, End Office or End Office Remote. Effective July 1st 2017 the price depends upon the ownership of the Access tandem serving the End Office or End Office Remote.