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Master Interconnection Agreement [Amendment] - Birch Telecom of South Inc. and BellSouth Telecommunications Inc.

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                               AMENDMENT TO MASTER
                      BIRCH TELECOM OF THE SOUTH, INC. AND
                              DATED JULY 14, 2000.

Pursuant to this Agreement (the "Agreement"), Birch Telecom of the South, Inc.
("Birch") and BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. ("BellSouth") hereinafter
referred to collectively as the "Parties" hereby agree to amend that certain
Master Interconnection Agreement ("the Agreement") between BellSouth and Birch
dated July 14, 2000.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual provisions contained herein and
other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are
hereby acknowledged, Birch and BellSouth hereby covenant and agree as follows:

1.     Delete in its entirety section 3.1.4 and replace with a new 3.1.4 as

       3.1.4  In the event that Birch orders local circuit switching for a
              single end user account name at a single physical end user
              location with four (4) or more two (2) wire voice-grade loops from
              a BellSouth central office listed on Exhibit A, BellSouth's sole
              recourse shall be to charge Birch a rate to be negotiated for use
              of the local circuit switching functionality for the affected
              facilities, or in the alternative, to charge Birch the local
              services resale rate for use of all Combinations used to provide
              the affected facilities to Birch. Notwithstanding the foregoing,
              if the ordered service utilizes a 2-wire voice-grade (res., bus.,
              pbx) port, BellSouth shall charge Birch the unbundled port rate
              listed in Section 1.1 in Exhibit C of Attachment 2.

2.     Add the following paragraphs as sections 5.2.4 and 5.2.5 to section 5.2
       within Attachment 2:

       5.2.4  In all other states, BellSouth shall provide the combination
              offering in section 5.4.1 to Birch regardless of whether or not
              such combination is Currently Combined.

       5.2.5  In those locations where BellSouth is required to provide local
              circuit switching, BellSouth shall provide the combination
              offering in section 5.4.1 to Birch regardless of whether or not
              such combination is Currently Combined.

3.     Add the following paragraphs as 5.3.3 and to section 5.6.3 within
       Attachment 2:

       5.3.3  BellSouth is currently developing the billing capability to bill
              unbundled port rates as set forth in Section 1.1 of Exhibit C of
              this Attachment (1) where BellSouth is not required, pursuant to
              section to provide local circuit switching and (2) where
              BellSouth provides unbundled port/loop


              combinations that are "not currently combined" in all other MSAs
              except for the state of Georgia.  In the interim, BellSouth shall bill the unbundled port rates in
              Section 1.2 of Exhibit C of this Attachment and shall true-up the
              billing differences once the billing capability is developed.

4.   Delete in its entirety the Unbundled Port/Loop Combination section of
     Exhibit C rate sheet page 33 (beginning with the heading "Unbundled
     Loop/Port Combinations (Notes 4 & 5) through page 38 (ending with Footnote
     6) in Attachment 2's rate matrix and replace with with a new rate element
     chart, attached hereto as Exhibit 1, which incorporates new rates for
     Loop/Port combinations.

5.   BellSouth has agreed to handle 9-1-1 based on Birch's deployment of UNE-P
     in the BellSouth serving territory in the same manner as BellSouth handles
     9-1-1 for resellers. BellSouth will remit payment of 9-1-1 fees to all
     applicable jurisdictions on behalf of Birch and in turn will bill Birch for
     such jurisdictional fees. Birch agrees to pay the fees as described above
     as billed by BellSouth. BellSouth will input Birch's customer information
     to the 9-1-1 database based on the information provided by Birch in its
     service orders.

6.   All other provisions of the Interconnection Agreement, dated July 14, 2000,
     shall remain in full force and effect.

7.   Either or both of the Parties is authorized to submit this Amendment to the
     appropriate state Commissions for approval subject to section 252(e) of the
     Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.

8.   IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be
     executed by their respective duly authorized representatives on the date
     indicated below.


By:  /s/ Jerry D. Hendrix            By:  /s/ Gregory C. Lawhon
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Name:  Jerry D. Hendrix              Name:  Gregory C. Lawhon
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Title:  Senior Director              Title:SVP, Public Policy & General Counsel
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Date:  11/15/00                      Date: 11/9/00
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