Regulation & Compliance

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

 

Goodbye Powell, Hello Martin

The man who challenged outgoing FCC Chairman Michael Powell in a controversial vote over wholesale phone rules in 2003 is taking his place. President Bush announced his plans two weeks ago to designate FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin as the agency’s chief. Powell, who has served on the commission since 1997, pledged his “complete cooperation to […]

Congress Weighs In on Megamergers

Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey blames federal regulators for the planned megamergers that will shrink the pool of big U.S. phone companies. The Democrat, a ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, says the FCC ‘closed the door’ on long-distance phone companies’ ability to compete in the local residential market. “The FCC’s […]

Round Table

  …ON THE RESIGNATION OF FCC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL POWELL. “Chairman Powell’s tenure at the FCC has not resulted in a better deal for America’s telecommunications consumers. Regulatory uncertainty under Powell’s watch has created ideal conditions for a ‘perfect storm’ of endless litigation that has set back the development of a 21st century telecommunications policy by […]

One down …

For the competitive industry, Jan. 31 was not a good day. It lost its champion when SBC Communications Inc. announced it would acquire AT&T Corp. In many ways, the months leading up to the fateful day already betrayed the waning spirit/power of the once almighty American telephone company. Blows incurred over the remanded Triennial Review […]

The Leader and the Damage Done

  No sooner had the stardust started settling in Washington following the inaugural to celebrate George Bush’s second term in office when word came out that Michael Powell, chairman of the FCC during Bush’s first term, was retiring from his post. My initial response was, “Boy, that’s wonderful news, but about two years too late.” […]

Powell’s Prize Fight

It looks like cable companies may be on the defense for the first time in their battles with the Bells over consumer spending. Cable companies have long enjoyed dominance in the higher-margin entertainment business and handily outmaneuvered the telcos in delivering high-speed Internet, which seems to me to be more aligned with traditional telco territory. […]

Technology, Policy Face-Off in 2005

J. Sherman Henderson III and James F. Geiger If you thought 2004 was eventful - with an explosion of VoIP offerings and high-stakes regulatory proceedings at the FCC - just wait. Expect 2005 to be an even more turbulent year when advances in technology and critical policy decisions intersect to usher in a new era in communications. […]

Communications Companies Seek Tax Reform

There is a tax on American phone bills that dates back more than a century to the Spanish-American War. The franchise tax was imposed to help pay for the war, says Steve Davis, senior vice president of policy and law and deputy general counsel with Qwest Communications International Inc. The government “pretty much covered that […]

New Directions for UNE-P CLECs

Z-Tel Technologies Inc. typifies the evolution of competitive local phone companies as they move to continue supporting millions of consumers and small businesses in the wake of changing federal regulations. For months, Z-Tel has been planning to deliver voice services to consumers and small businesses over high-speed networks, diminishing its reliance on the infrastructure controlled […]

FCC Deals Victory to Internet Phone Industry

The maturing Internet phone industry is the beneficiary of a federal ruling, but the FCC has not settled some of the most contentious issues involving the technology. The FCC has declared Vonage Holdings Corp., the poster child for Internet phone service, is not subject to traditional state telecommunications rules. The commission also said in the […]

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