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Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)

A Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) is a local exchange carrier that provides some or all of the interstate exchange access services used to send voice traffic to or from an end user. This is one of many terms used to identify an organization offering local telephone services. CLEC does not fall within the definition of “incumbent local exchange carrier”.



How is Bandwidth Involved with CLEC

CLECs arose as a result of the Telecommunication Act of 1996, which was intended to promote competition among long distance and local phone service providers. The term is used to differentiate between new or potential competitors and established local exchange carriers. The Telecommunication Act of 1996 permits companies with CLEC status to use the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) infrastructure in two ways: access to unbundled network elements and resale. The availability of unbundled network elements is an important factor for CLEC telecommunication. These include the equipment used and the function, capabilities and features provided by the equipment. The most important unbundled network elements available for CLEC are local loops, which connect ILEC switches to ILEC present customers.


What are the Benefits CLEC

Resale strategy is yet another option presented to a CLEC. The Act states that any telecommunications service that an ILEC offers at retail must be offered to a CLEC at a wholesale discount. This saves the CLEC from investing in switches, fiber optic transmission facilities, and collocation arrangements.



Where We Talk About CLEC

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Terms Related to CLEC

Our lawyers have asked us to remind you that, in the event of any conflict between these defined terms and the defined terms included in any agreement between you and Bandwidth, the agreement controls.

“Bandwidth” refers to Bandwidth Inc. and/or CLEC, LLC.