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A minimum point of entry is usually equipped with a surge protector to help protect wiring and connected equipment from damage. These points also allow a temporary disconnection of wiring from the telephone company wiring for troubleshooting purposes.
Local carriers are charged with bringing telecommunications lines to the MPOE, at which point competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) assume responsibility for wiring from the MPOE to the customer premise equipment, such as a router or phone system.