Regulation & Compliance

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

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 […]

Open Airwaves

The FCC veered from its recent pro-bigbusiness course in July when it approved rules that will, in part, foster innovation and bring new players to the broadband wireless market. At their monthly meeting, commissioners laid out the requirements for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. The bandwidth will open up in early 2009 as TV broadcasters […]

Proposed Interim Cap First Step in USF Overhaul

High in Missouris northeastern corner, in a pocket perhaps best known for guided deer and turkey hunts, managers of a local telephone cooperative are keeping an eye on federal Universal Service Fund (USF) reform efforts. The 55-year-old Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. serves 4,500 subscribers across eight counties, and its costs are about four times […]

Whitacre Hands Over AT&T Reins

Ed Whitacre, one of the most influential and polarizing figures in telecom history, planned to retire from his post as AT&T Inc.s chairman and CEO in early June. The 65-year-old spent nearly two decades at the helm of SBC Communications Inc., a once poorly regarded regional Bell that Whitacre has transformed into a powerhouse. Ed […]

OUT OF THE LOOP

  THE BELLS ARE ON COURSE to do away with more copper loops than ever, an apparent rush to beat the clock in case the FCC institutes a stringent review process. CLECs view the retirements as attempts to foil competition; they use the loops to deliver DSL, Ethernet and other services to customers. They also […]

Separate & Unequal

Interconnected VoIP providers, in limbo over E911 compliance, are counting on a proposed Senate bill to reduce the chances theyll be indiscriminately sued, a fear that is limiting growth. Right now, many companies restrict expansions and even turn customers away because they do not have protections from liability, while wireline and wireless providers do. Sen. […]

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