Regulation & Compliance

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

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… On reports of data brokers selling wireline and wireless phone records to anyone on the Web, and governments subsequent reactions, including the introduction of a Senate bill designed to prosecute people who sell phone records, and the FCCs launch of an investigation into the matter. The reported abuses highlight the critical need to protect […]

DOS Attack Alert

FOR THE PAST 18 MONTHS, I have been thinking a lot about peer-to-peer traffic and how it might impact the many networks that combine to form the Internet. Understanding this kind of traffic can only continue to grow, I thought it could begin to burden the network without providing it with correspondingly more revenue. I […]

Moving Up or Moving Out

AFTER YEARS OF CONTINUOUS legal salvos, the UNE-P debate is over. Many UNE-P contracts will revert to higherpriced total resale rate plans as of March 11, the final date set by the FCC for the yearlong phaseout of the wholesale offer (see related story on Page 41). Anticipating this change, UNE-P resellers will be either […]

New Directions for a New Decade

THE SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC./AT&T CORP. merger approval and the Triennial Review Remand Order (TRRO) proved the golden rule of business He who has the gold makes the rules is alive and well. My company, Trinsic Communications Inc. (formerly Z-Tel Communications Inc.), flourished in the early competitive marketplace and built a nationwide local service footprint. We […]

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After the 96 Act was passed, the general position of the competitive community was very favorable toward the Act and thought that it was a great effort by Congress to balance the competing interests and needs and really create a level playing field. Unfortunately, the FCC, while they did a good job in some areas, […]

What a Difference a Decade Makes

I HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE TELECOM industry for much of its competitive lifespan. The past 17 years have given me plenty of time to have witnessed most of the substantive changes following the divestiture of AT&T, including passage of the Telecom Act of 1996. At the time, I was still working for the […]

Communications Act of 2006?

WHILE THERE IS CONSIDERABLE momentum behind a telecom policy rewrite, it is debatable whether it will be decided this year. 2006, say doubters, will find elections on the tops of politicians priority lists. Others remain optimistic elections will pose no deterrent to new legislation. Executives for USTelecom and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) predict a […]

TELECOM REFORM HITS SNAG

TELECOM POLICY REFORM IN Washington this fall took a sudden turn in the direction of deep quagmire as House backers of new pro-Bell legislation stirred howls of protest across a wide spectrum of affected parties, including some who had been supportive of earlier legislative efforts. [Bartons bill] would create gatekeepers for the internet with negative […]

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…ON THE FCCS INTENT TO REFORM THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, AND THE LIKELIHOOD THE COMMISSION WILL ADOPT A NUMBERSBASED SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT REVENUE METHOD THAT WOULD CHARGE EVERYBODY A USF FEE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH THEY USE THEIR LANDLINES. This methodology has many advantages it is easy to administer, it would be […]

UNE CLECs Should Cut the Cord

THE TELEGRAPH, THE TELEPHONE AND EVEN the television have had us wired so long its difficult to imagine the world without the wires. Ironically, wireless communication has been around just as long as wireline. Since 1899, when Marconi radio-telegraphed the results of the Americas Cup yacht races, weve been sending content through the air. So […]

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