December 19, 2001

Josephine Scarlett

Office of the Chief Counsel

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

4713 HCHB

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.20230

Dear Ms. Scarlett:

Re:Request for Comments on Deployment of Broadband Networks

and Advanced Telecommunications, Docket No. 011109273-1273-01

The United States Telecom Association (“USTA”) hereby files its response in the above-referenced docket.USTA’s filing in this proceeding includes comments filed in the FCC Third Notice of Inquiry in CC Docket No. 98-146 on deployment of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans.Comments were filed by USTA in the FCC’s docket on September 24, 2001 and reply comments on October 9, 2001.


Keith Townsend

Director Legal & Regulatory Affairs

andSenior Counsel