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Negotiating a 251/252 Agreement

CLECs and CMRS Providers may obtain interconnection, Unbundled Network Elements and certain other services from Verizon pursuant to a 251/252 agreement. In some states, a CLEC/CMRS Provider may also be able to obtain items it wishes to purchase pursuant to a Verizon Statement of Generally Available Terms and Conditions (SGAT) or a Verizon tariff. The chart below provides industry codes and contact references:

Step 1 Formal Request

The CLEC/CMRS Provider sends a written request either via letter, fax or email asking for the initiation of negotiations under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to:

Verizon Partner Solutions
Contract Management
6929 North Lakewood Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74117
E-Mail: vpscontracts@verizon.com

The date the request is received by Verizon is considered to be the request start date.

Step 2 Acknowledgement of Request

Upon receipt of the CLEC/CMRS Provider's request, Verizon sends a response to the CLEC/CMRS Provider which:

  • Confirms receipt of the request letter
  • Establishes start date of request and identifies an assigned Verizon Negotiator
  • Requests completion of an information request form (IRF), which identifies basic Company information.
  • Provides the CLEC/CMRS Provider with a model agreement to review.
Step 3 Negotiations

After transmission of Verizon's response to the CLEC/CMRS Provider, Verizon will proceed, upon request by the CLEC/CMRS Provider, with negotiation of the terms and conditions of a 251/252 agreement. This process begins when the CLEC/CMRS Provider provides written comments regarding the model agreement or a redline of the model agreement.
Conference calls will be scheduled, as needed, to conduct the negotiation.

Step 4 251/252 Agreement

The desired outcome of the negotiation process is a mutually agreed upon 251/252 agreement outlining specific terms, conditions and prices.

Step 5 Arbitration

Within a window of 135 to 160 days after the CLEC/CMRS Provider's formal request for negotiation is received by Verizon, either party may request the applicable state regulatory commission arbitrate issues that have not been resolved by the parties.

Step 6 Filing the Agreement

A fully executed agreement will be submitted for approval to the applicable state commission. The respective state commission will approve or reject the agreement with written findings as to deficiencies.

In order to facilitate filing of a CLEC agreement and to provide service to a CLEC, Verizon requires evidence of the CLEC's state certification as a provider of local exchange service. You will be asked include your certificate/order/case number of authorization and the state commission approval date granting the authorization at the time of contract execution, so please take steps to seek your state certification early in the negotiation process. Please be advised that if your certification is not complete, Verizon may elect to not execute the agreement and make it effective until your certification has been approved by the applicable state commission.

Additional State Requirements

In the State of Delaware:
The Delaware Public Service Commission requires that Verizon Delaware obtain a CLEC's written consent prior to filing a 251/252 agreement for approval on the CLEC's behalf. A consent form is presented to the CLEC for execution at the time the 251/252 agreement is sent for execution. This form must be signed and returned with the executed 251/252 agreement prior to submission for PSC approval.

In the State of New Jersey:
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities requires the submission of a Resale Letter of Acknowledgment (LOA). This form is to be completed in lieu of resale certification with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The LOA is presented to the CLEC for execution at the time the 251/252 agreement is sent for execution. The LOA must be signed and returned prior to submission to the Board for approval

In the State of Texas:
Affidavit Requirement: The Texas Public Utility Commission requires a notarized affidavit from both the Verizon negotiator and the CLEC negotiator. An electronic copy and a notarized copy of the CLEC negotiator affidavit is required for filing with Texas Public Utility Commission. These materials must be signed, notarized and returned prior to submission to the PUC for approval.

Adequate Proof Attestation Requirement:
As a certificated telecommunications provider, you are required to comply with Chapter 283 of the Texas Local Government Code and the reporting and compensation requirements of Subchapter R of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (P.U.C.) Substantive Rules Chapter 26, Applicable to Telecommunications Service Providers. In accordance with the P.U.C. Substantive Rule 26.467(k)(4), GTE Southwest Incorporated, d/b/a Verizon Southwest (Verizon), hereby requests adequate proof, through execution of the linked Adequate Proof Attestation, of your intent to directly report your access lines to the P.U.C. and remit the related payments to the appropriate municipalities. You are required by P.U.C. Substantive Rule 26.467(k) (4) (E) to provide this adequate proof to Verizon as requested.

Therefore, an authorized company representative must sign and return the Adequate Proof Attestation before Verizon will authorize Wholesale transactions between our companies.

Texas Attestation Form

To expedite processing:
Send a copy of the notarized form via fax to 972 718-1853.
Mail the original notarized copy of the attestation to:
Attn: Manager-Finance Service Costs
P. O. Box 152092
Irving, TX 75038
Direct questions related to this requirement to the P.U.C. or to Verizon's Manager-Finance Service Costs at 1-888-483-3911.

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