BellSouth, Verizon and SBS Communications — three of the “baby bells” — announced Thursday that they have created common technical requirements for taking high-speed fiber connectivity to homes and businesses.

The three firms said the standards are design to speed up fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services. The high-speed capability would enable such services as interactive gaming, telecommuting and video conferencing.

The decision to collaborate on the standards came following recent FCC decisions about network sharing. The companies said they already had sent information about standards to telecommunications hardware manufacturers.

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