Regulation & Compliance

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

 

E911: Responding to VoIP’s Emergency

In the wake of the FCC decision to require VoIP service providers to offer E911 services, VoIP service providers have been facing an emergency themselves - one that will require fast response from the industry. The FCC gave VoIP providers 120 days - until October - to come up with a system that will deliver both the caller […]

Round Table

ON FCC RULES REQUIRING VOIP PROVIDERS TO OFFER ENHANCED 911 CAPABILITIES BY OCTOBER. “Today’s action seeks to remedy a very serious problem - one quite literally of life or death for the millions of customers that subscribe to VoIP service as a substitute for traditional phone service.” -FCC Chairman Kevin Martin “We are going to work […]

Special Access Pricing Debate

Posted: 07/2005 Special Access Pricing Debate Heats Up By Josh Long Rivals of the two largest regional phone companies in the United States are urging federal regulators to ensure that SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. be required to divest assets and offer wholesale network access to thousands of commercial buildings at regulated rates […]

VoIP: Where’s the Hold-Up?

If you read industry press, you have probably noticed there are announcements surrounding new VoIP service providers and service offerings popping up nearly every day. The success of service providers, such as Vonage Holdings Corp., has spawned a telephony gold rush. And, why not? The barriers to entry are low, the regulatory landscape is favorable […]

Texas BPL Bill May Be First of Many

A bill introduced this year at the Texas Legislature could have served as a blueprint for other states aiming to spell out the obligations of utilities delivering high-speed Internet access over the power grid. Designed to encourage broadband service over the power lines, or so-called BPL, the bill introduced by Texas Sen. Troy Fraser passed […]

Phone Giants Still Losing Local Lines

The regional Bells have been improving their consumer operations on the heels of a favorable regulatory ruling, yet they have been unable to reverse a pattern of line losses in the face of wireless substitution and other competition. SBC Communications Inc. added 16,000 “primary” residential lines in the three-month period ending March 31, marking its […]

Put Away Egos, Get Down To Business

By Dick Jalkut The news of the past quarter featuring the SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. merger and the debates between MCI and Verizon Communications Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. ought to be instructive to all of us involved with CLECs. Size matters. Synergy is important. Eliminating a competitor is strategic. Filling networks […]

Round Table

…ON THE REGULATORY IMPLICATIONS OF THE REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES DELIVERING TV SERVICES “As we look toward modernizing the Communications Act, we will need to consider what the appropriate statutory framework should be for IP-delivered video services.”-Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce “As a local telephone company,Verizon has a […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Prohibit Internet Taxation

Congress has introduced legislation affecting a federal excise tax on phone bills dating back to the Spanish- American War in 1898. One bill introduced by the Senate would prohibit the 3 percent tax on phone service from being extended to Internet access while a piece of legislation at the House of Representatives would repeal the […]

Intercarrier Compensation Under Scrutiny

The FCC in March launched the second phase of its comprehensive rulemaking proceeding regarding intercarrier compensation. Policies and regulations adopted as a result of it likely will affect all corners of the telecommunications industry. The commission’s objective in the proceeding perhaps is summarized best by Commissioner Michael J. Copps: “Our intercarrier compensation system is Byzantine […]

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