What is the full form of CAP?

Full form of CAP: Here, we are going to learn what does CAP stands for? CAP – which is an abbreviation of "Competitive Access Provider" in Computer Acronyms/Abbreviations, etc.
Submitted by Anushree Goswami, on May 31, 2020

CAP: Competitive Access Provider

CAP is an abbreviation of "Competitive access providers".

It facilitates private procession and unique access services by the developed and advanced Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC), which is in competition with the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) in local service areas. A Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) is a telephone corporation whose functions and work comes under a Local Access and Transport Area.

The Local exchange carrier (LEC) is classified into two other LEC, which comprise:

  • IncumbentLocal Exchange Carrier (ILEC)
  • Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)


  • In 1984, the disintegration of AT&T gave the Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (Incumbent LECs).
  • In the early 1985s, Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) started developing gradually from the competitive access providers (CAPs) that started facilitating private procession and unique access services in competition with the ILECs.
  • In the United States, ILECs established seven autonomous Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs). These companies incorporated Pacific Bell, NYNEX, GTE, and four others.
  • In the early 1990s, the CAPs started the process of installing switches in their fiber systems.
  • In the beginning, CAPs provided by facilitating with a service of "shared PBX" in the combination with switches. At that time, CAPs unified with the ILECs in the form of end-users comparatively in the form of co-carriers.
  • On the other hand, the New York Public Service Commission approved and certified the state’s foremost Competitive Local Exchange Carrier at that time when there is a requirement to New York Public Service Commission of the permission of connection of Teleport Communications Group's switches in New York City in the form of peers from the New York Telephone (the ILEC).
  • At that time other states also followed the same directive of New York.
  • This entire situation creates the consequence as in the middle of the 1990s, the majority of the big nation’s had approved and certified local exchange competition.

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