Regulation & Compliance

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

 

Bell-Friendly Policy Rewrite to Face Critics

Intensifying support for telecom policy reform in Washington points to a sweeping revision of the rules that could go well beyond what the courts and the FCC have done previously to strengthen the competitive positions of the largest players. In both houses of Congress, leaders on telecom policy are pushing legislation that in effect rewrites […]

The Internet is the New PSTN

By Earl Comstock The CompTel fall show is shaping up to be a huge success, evidence perhaps that the competitive communications industry is on the rebound. There is a certain buzz in the air as entrepreneurs gather to make deals, see the newest technology, and learn more about the business potential of WiMAX, BPL, VoIP […]

Round Table

… ON THE TEXAS LEGISLATION ALLOWING THE BELL COMPANIES TO PETITION THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION FOR A STATEWIDE VIDEO FRANCHISE LICENSE, RATHER THAN NEGOTIATE DEALS WITH EACH COMMUNITY A PROCESS THAT CAN TAKE BETWEEN SIX AND 18 MONTHS. CABLE COMPANIES MUST STILL NEGOTIATE INDIVIDUAL DEALS WITH LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES. Video represents the next great frontier in […]

reseller channel: Will BPL, Wireless Save ISPs?

This summer the FCC in a 4-0 vote adopted an order classifying DSL as an information service, not a telecom service, under Title I, in line with the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in June on cable modem service in NCTA v. Brand X. The deregulation effectively releases the Bells from the requirement to make DSL […]

Time Out

I was tempted to rerun my comments from last month, Bells Win Another Round. By simply adding the word, Again, to the title and changing all the verb tenses from future to past, the piece stands. Of course, I am referring to the FCCs swift move to deregulate DSL access (see this story). The Aug. […]

Should You Be Concerned With CALEA? Probably

While new economic realities force telecommunications carriers and service providers to cut personnel and drastically reduce operating expenses, these companies are bearing ever increasing costs to meet new mandates from law enforcement agencies. These legal demands often force an increase in personnel and operating costs associated with servicing legal orders for customers records and lawful […]

FCC Deregulates DSL

In early August FCC commissioners agreed to deregulate DSL access a move that was foreshadowed just weeks earlier when the Supreme Court ruled against Brand X Internet LLC, freeing cable companies from network-sharing requirements sought by the ISP. In a widely anticipated move, the FCC on Aug. 5 reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. […]

Round Table

… ON SENATE BILL 1504, THE BROADBAND INVESTMENT AND CONSUMER CHOICE ACT, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR JOHN ENSIGN (R-NV) IN LATE JULY. At the same time it tackles the policy issues raised by the Ensign bill, Congress needs to finish its work on the DTV transition, so that wireless broadband alternatives to cable and fiber can […]

Bells Win Another Round

Telecoms battleground for consumers now has officially two warring camps the cablecos and telcos. This situation was assured by the June U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding an FCC ruling against Brand X Internet LLC that frees cable operators from requirements to open their broadband lines to other ISPs. While the courts finding only addressed the […]

Telcos Likely to Seek Broadband Deregulation

In a victory for the cable TV industry seeking deregulation of their DSL networks, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an FCC ruling that frees cable operators from requirements to open their broadband lines to other Internet service providers. The high court ruled in late June that the FCC had the right to treat cable […]

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