Definitions for "ILEC"
Keywords:  incumbent, clec, rboc, bell, gte
Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier. In the Telecommunications Act of 1996 with respect to an area, the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier is defined as the Local Exchange Carrier that, on the date of enactment of the Act, provided telephone exchange service in that area; for example, Verizon.
Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier. Refers to established local telecom operators that own existing telecom network infrastructure. Contrast with CLEC.
Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier. Basically Ma Bell, or one of the major local telcos created in the wake of deregulation. These are the telcos who own all of the copper wire going to businesses and residences and provide dialtone, ISDN, dedicated circuits, and a host of other products. Temples of bureaucracy.
Interpretation and Large Enterprise Compliance