Regulation & Compliance

The latest in regulatory news and compliance issues that impact partner businesses and their customers.

Roundtable On the FCCs D Block Re-auction hearing

“Even if we roll up our sleeves and dedicate ourselves this summer to coming up with realistic network specifications, the truth is that we still are not assured of coming up with a workable solution.” —FCC Commissioner Michael Copps  “The FCC honors [first responders’] service by moving ahead in a quick and reasonable manner to […]

Roundtable: FCC 700MHz D Block Auction

“[T]he time has come to give back a little by helping the first responder community do its job better and more efficiently. … I believe that all of those who make money in wireless should look at the needs of the first responder community and find a way to make it happen.” — Independent wireless […]

Private Investors Keep Tabs on Pending Forbearance Petitions

Forbearance might be an old topic, but it’s still a hot one with three dockets percolating at the FCC. One even is due for a decision by July 26. The usual suspects continue to weigh in. Yet there’s one set of perhaps-overlooked voices that stands out: private telecom investors. This isn’t the first time equity […]

FCC Looks for Balance in Net Neutrality Debate

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said this week, during a debate on net neutrality hosted by VON TV, that the time has come at the FCC for a specific and enforceable principal on non-discrimination regarding network management and he re-affirmed the commissions position on establishing case-by-case adjudication in the matter of net neutrality. He said this […]

New CPNI Rules Vex Agents

March 1 marks the deadline for carriers to comply with the FCCs heightened customer proprietary network information (CPNI) rules. Getting the right processes and paperwork in place in time has been quite a ride for carriers and agents alike bumpy for some, pretty smooth for others and, in some cases, a non-issue. The new rules […]

Soap Box: Why Channel Partners Should Sell Standards

Chris Gatch, CTO, Cbeyond Inc. VoIP has faced its fair share of challenges over the last decade. But today, the technology has earned its stripes as enterprises large and small are adopting VoIP technology at a lightning pace. Not only are cost-savings and improved productivity strong selling points, but so too are the scalable architecture […]

Quantifying the Impact of UNE-P Deregulation

For the first time, the impact of UNE-P deregulation is becoming quantifiable. New data are showing what we all now know — that few CLECs operate on a resale ba-sis, choosing either commercial agreements or their own facilities to replace the preferred competitive model of the late 90s. A December 2007 FCC report on local […]

Soap Box: Competitive Spirit Will Endure Change

We now are well into 2008 and have begun a New Year with all the promise and challenges each New Year brings. Every New Year also brings a lot of changes in both our personal and professional lives. What are your expectations for 2008? What excites you about the opportunities? What concerns you? What are […]

Open Access is Open Ended

Its an election year and that means we can expect to hear pins drop at the FCC, since the agency historically goes quiet as the country prepares for a new president. One policy issue likely to get closer review after Nov. 4 is wireless open access. The wireless version of the Carterfone decision came about […]

The Google-Phone Effect

In the coming months, wireless dealers will be getting a bold new palette of handset options to offer their business customers. For one thing, devices built on Google Inc.’s Android platform, announced in November, should be making their way to market soon, adding another OS option to the already fragmented handset landscape. For another, the […]

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