fcc ruling on dsl providers' access to infrastructure

"regulation", ISTM. Just like before the Big Bell Breakup. With govt-
sanctioned virtual monopolies. Hmmm. Relevance to MS case? Except w/o
any regulation, in that case.

One question: One article I read when the ruling was announced (can't find it now, sorry) suggested that this only affected access to the ILEC DSLAMs, not the ILEC local loops. If that's the case, then Covad and company aren't totally out of business yet, as they can still demand access to the copper plant. The question, then, is how quickly the ILECs replace copper with fiber, which they have exclusive access to per this ruling.

Is that a correct understanding?