Regulation & Compliance

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

 

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 […]

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 […]

Round Table

ON THE SUPREME COURTS RULING TO UPHOLD THE FCCS TREATMENT OF CABLE MODEM SERVICE, DEALING A VICTORY TO THE CABLE INDUSTRY AND REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES SEEKING DEREGULATION OF THEIR DSL NETWORKS. This decision provides much-needed regulatory clarity and a framework for broadband that can be applied to all providers.We can now move forward quickly to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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