Competitive Access Provider (CAP)

A facilities-based CAP, or Competitive Access Provider is similar to a CLEC. CAPs are owned and operated as competitors to the incumbent exchange carriers. CAPs provide their own access facilities infrastructure.

A creation of state regulatory bodies, CAPs do not provide local or interstate exchange services, but in-state services between exchange providers. Only a few states distinguish between a CAP and a CLEC. 

We can help determine if your service is included under the classification and what sort of registrations and compliance are required under this classification based on the states in which you operate. We can also advise on market entry strategies that maximize your company’s ability to achieve its commercial goals while minimizing the regulatory consequences to the greatest extent possible, as permitted by law. 

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