The purpose of the Beacon 2.0 Interconnection Policy is to ensure adherence to the principles
contained in the FCC’s Internet Policy Statement (FCC 05-151).
OSHEAN provides interconnection points in each of its regional points of presence. Last-mile
providers (including Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, Multiple System Operators,
Competitive Local Exchange Carriers, energy cooperatives, and independent telecom companies)
may interconnect with OSHEAN's network at reasonable rates and terms for the purpose of
exchanging traffic. These interconnection points also allow commercial wholesale participants to
serve last-mile providers with wholesale access, at reasonable rates and terms, to network components and
services such as wavelengths and fibers.
OSHEAN serves the needs of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs – educational organizations,
health care, libraries, government agencies, public safety, other non-profit agencies), while
wholesale commercial providers serve commercial last-mile providers and their customers.
Not all OSHEAN services are available at all interconnection locations. In order to provide more direct
interconnection between residential users and CAIs, OSHEAN encourages settlement-free peering with
all willing Internet service providers within Rhode Island.