Regulation & Compliance

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

COMPTEL Wraps with Comprehensive Regulatory Workshop

COMPTEL will cap off the Fall 2007 Conference & EXPO tomorrow with a morning of workshops designed to update members on the latest in federal policy proceedings. First up are: wireline regulatory issues. Genny Morelli, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and frequent COMPTEL panelist, will host the session. Christopher McKee, vice president […]

Lipman to Help CEOs Strategize Policy Initiatives

CEOs need to stay on top of ever-changing technology, regulatory and marketing conditions. To that end, COMPTEL is hosting a timely panel for competitive telecom executives, led by long-time telecom lawyer Andy Lipman, a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Telecom is such a changing kaleidoscope of issues that its a good time to address certain […]

Panels Look at Forbearance Effects, State Views

Two of todays regulatory sessions take a look at some of the unknowns in telecom. The first session, Life After Forbearance, examines whats likely to happen if the ILECs continue getting forbearance from portions of the 1996 Telecom Act. So far the incumbents have convinced the FCC to loosen the rules governing special access and […]

Telecom, Utility Panelists Address Argument Over Attachment Rates

The matter of pole attachment rates has resurfaced this year as competitive service providers call on the FCC to end pricing disparities. Don Shepheard, vice president of federal regulatory affairs and policy for Time Warner Telecom, the company that reignited the pole attachments debate with a white paper it sent to the FCC, will lead […]

Top Execs to Discuss Forbearance, Copper Retirement and Personal Style

Forbearance and special access are among the key issues expected to be discussed during todays The View from the Top panel. But beyond delivering updates on such important topics, this panel should provide a fair amount of fun, considering the format COMPTEL President and CEO Jerry James has put together for this colorful cast of […]

Eschelon Telecom to Serve as CMP Case Study

Eschelon Telecom Inc. today will serve as a case study for how to successfully negotiate the change management process (CMP) clause of an ILEC interconnection agreement. Gregory Merz, a principal at Gray, Plant, Mooty helped the Minnesota-based CLEC seal the deal; he will head a panel that will give CLECs tips for following Eschelons lead. […]

FCC Opens Unused-Spectrum Proceeding, M2Z Appeals Dismissal

The FCC officially has started a proceeding to determine how it should use the empty 2155 to 2175MHz spectrum band. Several companies had been pressing the FCC to let them lease the spectrum for various purposes. Most notably, M2Z Networks Inc. wanted to build a free, family-friendly wireless broadband Internet network. However, the FCC late […]

Fate of Last-Mile Venture in FCC Hands

If M2Z Networks Inc. gets its way, then competitive service providers could have another alternative to incumbent lastmile access. By press time, though, the company was ready to go to court against the FCC, citing word that Chairman Kevin Martin is prepared to reject its proposal. Read FCC Opens Unused-Spectrum Proceeding, M2Z Appeals Dismissal for […]

Special Access Revisited

Next to forbearance, many wireless providers and CLECs list special access as their top regulatory concern. How, they ask, will they compete if the FCC continues to reduce government oversight of circuit pricing and accessibility? Now, at the behest of a head House Democrat, not of its own accord, the FCC looks to ask itself […]

Wireless Walks in Wirelines Shoes

Those of you that were in the long-distance business for a while probably recall the pricing evolution from metered (distance-sensitive) to per-minute to free nights and weekends to friends & family to flat-rate minute buckets to flat-rate unlimited. I find it amusing that the wireless industry is now following a similar trajectory. Low-cost nights and […]

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