State and federal regulators, legislators, and policy makers are beginning to comprehend the
price their constituents are paying for the communications industry's rational reluctance to
deploy technologies that do not sustain current ways of doing business and profit margins.
Promises by these traditional players to meet new economy requirements for communications
services and protectionist pleadings are received with increasing skepticism, and with more
critical assessment. Policy is rapidly tilting towards accepting and encouraging innovators,
new service providers and increased competition.