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Federal Communications Commission, Status Report on Near-Term Local Bypass Developments (Feb. 1983).
This is the first of two reports prepared by the FCC that provide primarily descriptive information on bypass. It was prepared as part of the FCC's access charge decision. The FCC described it as a staff study that represented the Common Carrier Bureau's efforts to identify and understand bypass through the available literature and telephone interviews of users, suppliers, government officials, and consultants.
The FCC stated that this report was not a definitive analysis of bypass activity and issues. This report concluded that both local and long-distance bypass was occurring and would continue to grow regardless of regulatory actions. It identified microwave transmissions as the primary bypass technology and government, large financial organizations, universities, and large corporations as the key bypassers. It also concluded that bypass would not threaten the viability of the local telephone companies.