Regulation & Compliance

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

 

USF Bills Call for VoIP Players to Ante Up

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF), while still at billions of dollars, is dwindling, due to a decreasing number of contributors, and, in the interest of sustaining the fund, many in the telecom industry want IP operators to ante up. One House bill and one Senate bill call for this change directly, but the outcome of […]

Slippery Slope

IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED , the telecom industry is sliding down a slippery slope. At the bottom of the slide is a world without common carrier obligations. Its alarmist to think we would ever land there, but recent actions since my last rant on the topic (see March PHONE+) have pushed us ever closer. […]

Net Neutrality: Whats a Business to Do?

By Carol Mattey AS BROADBAND PROVIDERS PURSUE the long and expensive process of upgrading their networks, they face another major challenge: convincing Wall Street that those investments will yield acceptable returns. In recent months, a number of broadband providers have suggested they might reserve bandwidth for their own content or charge content providers for preferred […]

ROUND TABLE

… On the FCCs inaction regarding Verizon Communications Inc.s forbearance petition, and allowing the RBOCs business broadband offerings to be reclassified as information services… The commission is going to try to reach regulatory parity by removing regulations on the incumbent telephone companies rather than on applying new regulations on the cable companies.Kevin J. Martin, FCC […]

FCCs Inaction Leads to Legal Action

CLECS AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS have until mid-May to file lawsuits against the FCC for its inaction on Verizon Communications Inc.s petition requesting its broadband services for large businesses be reclassified as information services. Competitive carrier association COMPTEL in late March submitted its complaint, asking the D.C. Circuits Court of Appeals to set aside the granted […]

BellSouth Wholesale Under New Management

LIKE THE OTHER MEGAMERGERS before it, the $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. is not likely to be denied, but will face challenges from competitors seeking network access as a condition of the merger, which creates the largest telephone company in the country. AT&T will rebrand BellSouth and Cingular under the AT&T […]

ROUND TABLE

… On the various aspects that should be considered in a rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996… We need to move away from the franchising concept and let communities encourage video competition.Jim DeMint, Republican senator from South Carolina, at NARUC, regarding his bill, the Digital Communications Act of 2005 The states need to be […]

Anything But Neutral

OF ALL THE CATEGORIES that could make up a telecom rewrite, net neutrality ranks among the most controversial, and least neutral, topics under consideration. The blogosphere is raging with opinions on the matter. Associations have been lining up expert panels to discuss it during conferences. Senators this winter heard testimony from companies and experts on […]

Is Bigger Better?

Theres a scene in the animated movie Iron Giant where the 50-foot-tall, metal-eating extraterrestrial robot is blown apart. Each arm, leg, nut and bolt has a homing beacon that recalls them back to the machines head and body, allowing it to rebuild anew. This same thing seems to be happening in the telecom industry with […]

Power Struggle

RECLASSIFYING BPL AS AN information service as one association is proposing could be the break the access technology needs. BPL has been fighting an uphill battle; most analysts are not bullish on the concept, and providers positions run hot and cold. Along with CURRENT Communications Group LLC, Texas-based TXU Electric Delivery, a subsidiary of TXU […]

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